Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie gave up a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie in a game the Royals eventually lost 7-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays. By the end of that sixth inning, Guthrie was none too happy with himself and his frustration boiled over in a way we don't see on MLB diamonds too often.
Guthrie caught the third out of the inning — a liner off the bat of Jose Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays — and as he was walking back to his dugout, Guthrie heaved the baseball into the upper deck of Kauffman Stadium. The ball landed about five rows up.
Well, that's one way to give a fan a souvenir. After the game, this was Guthrie's story, according to Fox Sports:
"Our guys battled from a deficit, got the lead, I gave it back, we tied it, and I gave it back on the homer," Guthrie said. "It's frustrating.
"And I thought a fan upstairs deserved a ball. It's always the fans down below who get the balls. Someone up on the third deck, cheap tickets, they deserve a ball."
Giving something to the fans up in the cheap seats is admirable, but it sounds like that's just a cover story for Guthrie. Fernando Rodney tossed a ball into the press box in an emotional moment in 2009. He was suspended and fined by MLB.
Guthrie told reporters he wasn't worried about that. Instead, he was more worried about losing and not coming through for his teammates. Then he doubled down on his "this was for the fans" defense.
"Repercussions? I'm not totally concerned with that," Guthrie said. "I'm more concerned with repercussions from giving up two home runs.
"I just wanted to give the fans something. If a fan (who caught it) wants to give me a tweet, I'll be more than happy to retweet it."
Let's see if MLB considered RTs an acceptance sufferance.
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