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The night a drunken fan ruined a Yankees-Red Sox game

Sep 18, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

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Well, ruined it if you were a Red Sox fan. Yankees fans probably dug it.

It happened 20 years ago today, and Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times gives us the blow-by-blow. The upshot: after Mike Greenwell caught what should have been the 27th out securing a Red Sox win, the umpires told everyone that they had to do it all over again due to the fact that a drunken Yankees fan had ran out onto the field just as the pitch was being delivered. Even though the pitcher, batter and the fielders had gone ahead with the play, time had been called so the fly out didn’t count. With one more out and new life, the Yankees rallied.

This was 1993, of course, and in 1993 a late September Yankees-Red Sox game didn’t much matter. And of course barely anyone had the Internet yet and there certainly was no Twitter, Facebook, blogs or that many well-trafficked message boards on which people could register their collective outrage and/or glee.

I can only imagine if something like that happened today. The fan would be a celebrity. Everyone and their brother would offer their takes on what this means for the Republic and stuff like that. People would argue and fight and names would be called which could never be taken back.

In short, it would be glorious.

  1. bsbiz - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Entropy. Sweet, glorious entropy.

  2. davidly - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    …due to the fact that a drunken Yankees fan had ran run out onto the field just as the pitch was being delivered.

    Though Charles Barkley would be proud, it follows… run – ran – have/had run.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    “Internet yet and there certainly was no Twitter, Facebook, blogs or that many well-trafficked message boards on which people could register their collective outrage and/or glee”

    True, but I bet the CompuServe/Unanet groups realy got into it

    C:alt\baseballtalk\user\ShatnersHorse\ (20:14) What the hell was that?
    C:alt\baseballtalk\user\VulcanLord\ (20:15) Suck on it, Sox fans!

  4. skids003 - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Craig, your last comment wouldn’t be a quote from Captain Kang, Klingon, from Star Trek? If so, great.

  5. deweyks - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    A drunken fan at a baseball game? Sounds made up…

  6. hojo20 - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I do recall that game, sitting in my dorm room senior year. Afterward the stadium PA played “Moni, Moni” Big win for NYY as they were chasing Toronto for that one AL East playoff spot.

  7. warman31337 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I have a daily sports fact calendar that says the fan was 15 years old. Maybe he was still drunk.

  8. beachnbaseball - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Why did you feel the need to embellish the story, Craig? News reports never made any mention of the fan being “drunk”. In fact, in this video, the fan, in light blue, being led away by stadium security appears to be a youngster.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Except that one would have to be drunk to rationalize cheering for the Yankees, so it’s a logical assumption that said fan was drunk. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • forsch31 - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Thanks for the video. Craig probably mentions the fan being drunk because the story he links to calls the fan “a drunken jerk.”

  9. milo1965 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Craig didn’t embellish the story, this from the story he is referencing: “And they owed it all to everyone’s least favorite creature, a drunken jerk who ran on the field.”

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    It really had nothing to do with the fan. The umpires know that ALL Yankees-Red Sox games must last a minimum of 4 hours, and this one was coming in way under.

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