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The Yankees apparently have private security on the road to eject hecklers

Apr 22, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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I don’t know what to make of this story, but, according to Justin Jackson of Sportto Network, the Yankees have security people who complain to local police/security at road games when fans heckle their bullpen. This from Rogers Centre:

I and many others in our section witnessed two individuals in Yankees jackets, complete with Yankees lanyard ID tags walk into our seating area and point out to Toronto police two fans who were chirping and heckling the Yankees bullpen.

There are two sides to every story, of course. Maybe there was more than “chirping and heckling” going on (and Jackson says one fan was “violently arrested,” which could suggest way more belligerence than just jawing at someone).

That said: I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of or seen anything quite like this.

(link from Derek Wuenschirs)

  1. b453841l - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    The Yankees are the worst…aren’t they?

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      I think this is awesome, I was going to recommend they do this, great idea!
      I’m currently working with the FCC and FBI to come into private homes and
      arrest anyone who does not root for the Yankees, I’m considering asking MLB
      to only allow Yankee fans in opposing stadiums.

      • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        Relax , it’s already on the books. The Patriot Act. Godbless America and the Yankees

  2. josemartez - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    There’s a story from The Star about this here:

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Freakin’ Canadians!!!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        The article says this was on a Friday night. That explains everything. A lot of the Jays “fans” that show up to Friday night games are twenty-somethings that don’t even watch baseball. They’re just looking for a place to get drunk and act like idiots before their night really begins, and they think because they’ve bought a ticket they can do anything they want with impunity.

        I’m not a fan of Yankees private security operating in other teams’ ballparks but in this case my money’s on “these guys had it coming.”

      • beachnbaseball - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        Nobody gets tossed for heckling. The fans were throwing peanuts and beer into the bullpen. They deserved to be ejected. Jays fans are getting quite a reputation for being total jerks.–mlb.html

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Hey, they have to get SOME value out of A-Rod and his contract.

    And he’s one of the most skilled complainers around.

  4. Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Ugh. Sounds like something James Dolan would do.

    • skids003 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Probably soemthing Mayor Bloomturd would do.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Actually doesn’t fit Bloomberg’s MO that much, but I’m sure based on your eloquent play on his name you weren’t just associating anything bad with him, right?

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Doesn’t Bloomberg’s personal motto include something about not being able to have your pudding without eating your meat?

      • skids003 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Right Kev. I’m surprised he hasn’t sent his goons around to arrest me because I like 20 oz drinks blue.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        His large sugary drinks ban was moronic and correctly struck down by the courts. It also really has no relation to bringing your own security to other ballparks to have hecklers chucked out. I stand by my point that you couldn’t tell the difference.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        He would just ban the Blue Jays from having fans

      • skids003 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Stand by your point Kev. This is also the same jerk who was sending his “agents” to other states to try to buy guns “illegally” to prove his point of needing more “gun control.” He is the perfect examply of money and power mad idiots who try to run our lives because he thinks he knows whats best for us all.

  5. proudlycanadian - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    It appears that the bozos were throwing peanuts into the Yankee bullpen according to an usher. It is strange though that Yankee security people were present. At least they did not bring their guns to town as that is illegal in Canada.

    • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Should have arrested Wells. When he robbed E5 of what would have been and extra base, RBI hit he tipped his cap to the fans in LF. That man is The Devil and he should be Dealt With (nice catch, though).

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        best spot to ask you two some questions, one, did wells always have this good of an arm? that catch and throw he made on E5’s hit to double up Bautista was impressive. Also, where the hell did E5’s power go? He had two blasted hits yesterday, one the wells catch and another that died on the warning track. Is he hurt?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Encarnacion had a damaged finger in the spring and was consequently hindered early in the season. Wells always plays well in Toronto. The next games against NY are in Yankee stadium and hopefully Vernon regains the form he showed in Anaheim.

      • nbjays - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        “Wells always plays well in Toronto… except when wearing a Jays’ uniform after being awarded an obscenely huge freakin’ contract”

        Fixed that for you, PC. :-)

      • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        I don’t know about E5’s damaged finger still being a factor, but his approach is a touch different (possibly because of the finger but I think because of how he’s being pitched). He’s keeping his hands a bit lower and a touch closer to his body. He’s clearly going for contact first, and power second in some of his at bats. Not a bad idea when your whole team isn’t hitting, but it IS robbing him of some juice on those shots. He’s always had a bit of short-hack swing and since he’s as strong as sex-crazed bull moose, it hasn’t affected his power too much till he made these changes. Now, though, he’s reacting to all the low inside breaking stuff and FB’s away he sees, I think. What he wants is a FB upper middle-in but to get more hits he’s adapting to what he’s been seeing the most. Thus he’s slapping shots all over the field. When he makes hash of a few dudes doing this they’ll go back to FB’s high in the zone and he’ll go back to clobbering them out (/hoping, praying). In the meantime his HRs are going to be fewer with most of them being line shots with an increase in extra base hits and singles. Time will tell.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Wells was always a top-notch defender when he was with the Jays, but the HRs in back-to-back games are inexplicable.

      • cur68 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Wells is The Devil. Hooves and all.

    • anxovies - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Blackwater Security operatives don’t need guns, they are highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat and bladed weapons. Peanut throwers beware!

    • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      yes , the great over $1 billion dollar long gun registry BS. Another Chrieten stupid Nanny State invention. A Colossal waste of money. But the biker gangs have lots of laughs about it. Really slows them done, right ?REally stopped all gun crime right ? Like the two gunman robbing the TD bank in toronto on Sunday , right ? have another donut.

  6. heyblueyoustink - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Maybe the DHS should be getting consultation from the Yankees./s

    Seriously though, legitmized heckling should be a part of the game. One instace I got to watch the opposing Alfonso Soriano embrace that sort of thing while in the outfield and giving it back to the fans a bit too. Which to me, totally cool.

    Now obviously if someone is obliterated drunk, high, crazy, whatever. and violent, then they need to go.

    Leave the regular creative and non creative hecklers alone,

    • jwbiii - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Heckling? Absolutely. PC reported above that the fans were throwing peanuts at the bullpen and throwing anything in the stands at anybody should be strongly discouraged.

  7. pmcenroe - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I was sitting behind the Yankees’ bullpen for Saturday’s game and I did notice they had the netting put up over the bullpen throughout the game. Maybe it was more of a case of people throwing things, which is an obv. no-no in any stadium. But yeah it is a little weird the Yankees had their own security staff there as stated in the article(although I didn’t notice any on Sat.)

  8. mybrunoblog - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    The Yankees have had private security travel with them on the road for years. In today’s climate, the difference between heckler and potential threat can be hard to differentiate. Obviously, throwing items at a player, bullpen, fellow fan, or anywhere else is immediate grounds for stadium ejection and could potentially lead to arrest.
    Until someone knows all the facts don’t pass judgement. The Yankees get heckled at every road park they play in so the idea that they had these fans ejected for simply heckling is doubtful.
    If Yankees security had fans ejected for heckling them they’d play to empty ballparks on the road all season long.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Until someone knows all the facts don’t pass judgement.

      haha, you must be new here, right? =\

  9. onbucky96 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    The Evil Empire sent in Storm Troopers to quell the native populace?

    • bigharold - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      From the bridge of the Death Star; That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    When Rodriguez comes back, they should also station people along the 3rd base line to yell, “Leave A-Rod Alone!!!” to the hecklers there.

  11. cocheese000 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I seen Garrett Anderson have an usher eject a fan for making comments about his divorce.

  12. msipesjr - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Nothing wrong with it, the Yankees had a guy at Camden Yards last year during the Division Series, he didn’t have the power to eject anybody, he just told the ushers when someone got out of line and the ushers dealt with it. He actually had to have a Yankees fan removed from the bullpen area at the game I went to.

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