Angry Red Sox Fan Steals Home Run Ball, Allegedly Kicked Out for Racist Slurs
A single moron doesn’t speak for an entire fanbase, but one Boston Red Sox supporter tried his hardest to make fans at Fenway Park look like bigoted, pouty jerks during Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night.
It all began in the top of the sixth inning when Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila cracked a home run into the right field stands. The ball was caught by a woman, who proudly held it up as a souvenir.
The moment didn’t last, however, as an angry Red Sox fan ripped the ball from her hands and chucked it back onto the field. Videos and GIFs of the incident quickly went viral and were picked up by Pete Blackburn of Next Impulse Sports.
Stealing a home run ball from another fan is a petty, immature move, but according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, it was far from the worst act perpetrated by this fan over the course of the game.
Passan reports that the ball-stealer was also hurling racial epithets at several African-American men in his section throughout the course of the game.
“He was talking all game,” Angelo Sikoutris told Yahoo! Sports. Sikoutris, a 25-year-old African-American man, attended the game with his father. He was wearing a Prince Fielder jersey, which allegedly prompted the Red Sox fan to label him “Prince Fielder’s crackhead brother.”
The man also allegedly told another African-American Tigers fan to “go back to the ghetto.”
After throwing the ball onto the field, the man was ejected from the game by stadium security. His final parting move? Referring to Sikoutris as Trayvon Martin.
Sikoutris, who had reportedly stayed cool throughout the entire situation, said, “Bye-bye” as security led the man away from the section. That’s when the man allegedly shot back, “Bye, Trayvon!”
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