Don’t feel bad if you didn’t need did Mark Teixeira. Foul territory is a dangerous place for both the players and the fans. Momentum of a game shifts if a fan over reaches and becomes fair territory when a player tries to make a play, (Think Jeffery Maier the Baltimore Orioles in the playoffs vs the Yankees on a ball hit by Derek Jeter). Fast forward to now …the play in question Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays.
The fan definitely got a bit aggressive in pursuit of the ball, but to his credit, he at least waited until Teixeira dropped it to go after it. But Teixeira, who missed nearly the entire 2013 season with a wrist injury, did not take kindly to the contact. From the New York Post: Teixeira, who snapped at the fan following the run-in, summed up the day: “You can insult. You can’t assault. We know you are upset we lost three in a row. Keep it to insults.”… As for Teixeira’s play, the first baseman said: “He ran into me. He really wanted that baseball. I’m all right, thank God.”
It’s not clear if Teixeira was referring to the Gardner incident or his own when he mentioned “assault.” If it’s the latter, Mark Teixeira apparently has a really, really low bar for assault, as the contact was clearly accidental and the fan immediately backed off with a “my bad” gesture when Teixeira blew up.
Here is the play in question and feel to share your thoughts