Yankee Stadium was rocking on Wednesday night when the New York Yankees took on — and eventually defeated — the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game. Yankees fans were into it, and they cheered, clapped, and stomped from beginning to end. And considering that the game was a 7-2 romp, they had every reason to.
Cheering, clapping, and stomping are innocent fun. What this Yankees fan did does not fall in the “innocent fun” category.
That is a video of a Yankees fan throwing beer at a very sad A’s fan. That poor fan was sad before he got covered in beer, and then got sadder after he was doused. But his immediate reaction was disbelief. Because seriously, unless your goal is to be a massive idiot who gives Yankees fans a bad name, why do that to someone?
To the shock of no one, the video went viral. (The guy who recorded the video has said that he’s not the one who threw the beer.) And baseball fans, including Yankees fans, were not happy with the unknown beer-thrower.
Eventually, the video caught the eye of the people behind the A’s Twitter account. They wanted to find that beleaguered, beer-drenched A’s fan and get him some new, non-stinky gear.
And because the internet can sometimes be wonderful, the fan identified himself and tweeted an excellent response.
The rules of fandom aren’t hard. There’s really only one, and it’s actually a universal rule for all things both in and out of sports fandom: don’t be a bad person. And this really shouldn’t have to be said to any fan of anything, but just in case anyone needs it spelled out: don’t throw your beer — or anything else — on a fan of the losing team.
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