UPDATE: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan tells us more about the Red Sox fan who took and then threw the home-run ball. And it's not pretty. He allegedly was hurling racist remarks at nearby fans during the game, and told African-American Tigers fan, "Bye, Trayvon" as he was escorted out of the park. Read Passan's report for more.
ORIGINAL POST: Frustration gripped Fenway Park during the sixth inning of Sunday night's ALCS Game 2. The Detroit Tigers scored four runs and jumped out to a commanding lead while the Boston Red Sox offense still hadn't mustered a hit.
You want to see frustration? Look at this fan. He grabbed the home run ball out of another fan's hand, and heaved it back on the field.
Tossing back a home-run ball from an opposing team is baseball tradition, particularly in places such as Boston where the fans are obsessive about their team's success. But grabbing a home-run ball from another fan, then throwing it back? Slow your roll, dude. That's not OK. In a rightful punishment, a third fan from that area of the ballpark reports that Mr. Ball Thief was dealt the same fate as the ball. He was tossed.
Avila's 2-run landed next section where I am sitting. 5-0. Oh no, the guy who threw the HR ball back in is now tossed out of stadium. — Daigo Fujiwara (@DaigoFuji) October 14, 2013
Turns out the ejected fan missed a heck of a comeback for the Red Sox. David Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning and Boston won the game 6-5 on a walk-off single in the ninth inning.
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