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Curtis Granderson has confrontation after being touched by a fan in right field

Apr 12, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

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A fan was ejected after he reached his hand out into the field of play to touch Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson during a game last night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

During the eighth inning, Granderson caught a fly ball in the right field corner and was about to throw the ball back into the infield before he felt a hand on his shoulder. Clearly startled, he had a brief confrontation with the fan before play resumed. You can watch the video here.

Granderson told Marc Carig of New York Newsday that he had a simple message for the fan:

“He touched me,” Granderson said. “Then I turned around and he’s like, ‘I didn’t mean to.’ I said, ‘Hey, just don’t touch me.’ So that was it. Say whatever you want to say, boo, cheer, clap, cheer for your team, cheer for the other team. But just don’t physically touch players.”

This is what happens when people forget that baseball players are actual human beings who, much like you and me, don’t like having their personal space violated. Fortunately this didn’t escalate into a more serious situation.

  1. djandujar - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Grandy ain’t no rockstar. And the fan wasn’t a blonde groupie.

  2. nottinghamforest13 - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    He would have loved if it had been a white woman.

  3. Earnest Christian - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

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  4. El Pollo Loco - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Fans are such scumbags I wish when they jump in the field or interfere in the game the players were allowed to take turns kicking their ass.

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      agree, if fans keep jumping on the field/touching players/etc MLB will have no choice to put some kind of barricade up in spots like this.

      This is why we can’t have nice things…

  5. jwbiii - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Touched by Angel fan < Touched by an Angel

  6. kc114 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    That’s why there should be a minimum IQ required for the legal consumption of alcohol. This would make it illegal for idiots to become even dumber.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Oh like smart people can’t be aholes.

    • bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      They should just stop selling it earlier.

      Ultimately these idiots will ruin it for those who do the right thing.

  7. flyinhighwithvick - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Damn Philly fans.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Shouldn’t you be changing you handle now?

  8. stehill51 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    fan was (quite unnecesarily) showing that he was there to protect Granderson from hitting the wall.Granderson was (quite unnecesarily) acting like a prima dona. Watch, interpret and shut thy piehole

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Yes. I see what you mean. Granderson ain’t no Monica Seles, and the dirt on the warning track doesn’t seem to talk at all. Very astute, Pie Guy.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Granderson could have planted that white boy like a God damn tulip!

    • paperlions - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      The fan was doing no such thing, Granderson had already completely stopped his momentum before the fan moved at all, at which point he reached out with the express purpose of patting Granderson on the back.

    • bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      I watched, in person.

      You have no clue what you are talking about. At all.

  9. mauldawg - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    What a cry baby!! He is a nothing baseball player. Get over your self. Oh my someone touched me!! How can this be such a big deal. I guess when you think you are an important person you are above everyone else. Next time you go on the field have your boys surround you. Get a life. It must be awful when someone bumps him in a store. This cry baby needs to grow up.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      If you touched me without permission I would kick your ass.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      The above is what’s known in the industry as a “stupid opinion”. Yes, because nothing bad ever happens when fans don’t respect boundaries. Drunks never come on the field and assault first base coaches to the point where they lose hearing in one ear. When Granderson feels that hand on his back he has no idea what the fans intentions are. And he has the right to not have to worry about such things when he is trying to focus on his work.

      Fans have responsibilities. You don’t get to act like an a-hole because you paid for a ticket. It’s bad enough that classless losers thinks it OK to yell things at other human beings that they know they would get knocked out for saying to anyone on the street. Keep your damned hands where they belong or face the consequences.

    • braddavery - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      I kind of agree. This was nothing more than a “friendly” pat on the back. It’s simply not comparable to a fan charging the field or whatnot. The guy even sort of apologized. He was caught up in the moment. Relax.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        I don’t need to “relax”, I’m not comparing it to those things. I am saying that at the moment it happens, Granderson has no idea what is happening. And if you watch the video, he doesn’t go crazy, he just lets the guy know not to touch him, so he doesn’t need to “relax”. And from reports below, the fan acted like a d**k.

      • bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Granderson was very calm, but very firm. The fan and others around him were being idiots and stupid. Granderson reacted as good as he possibly could have. He could have easily retaliated with a fist feeling threatened.

      • rpearlston - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        How can you know that every fan’s intent is “friendly’? How can anyone know that the next person’s intent is “friendly”?
        It doesn’t matter in the least that the fan apologized. And it doesn’t matter that he claims to have been “caught up in the moment”. What matters is that no one on the field can know the intent of everyone on or near the field if that person is not supposed to be there.
        If you don’t believe that, if you can’t understand that, then you need to speak, face-to-face, with Monica Seles.

    • jjschiller - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      His boys, huh?

    • American of African Descent - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Imagine someone were to come into your daughter’s place of employment. Now while she’s in the middle of her job, someone enters her office and touches her on the shoulder. Does that change the calculus at all for you?

      Now, to make it even more interesting, let’s say that the person who decided to touch your daughter had a few beers. And let’s also say that there had been a history of some assaults—not many of them, but enough to be in the back of everyone’s mind. Given these facts, if your daughter called security, would you claim that she was a nothing crybaby?

      Also, if you cannot tell the difference between being bumped into at the store and being touched by a potential lunatic at work, you are not smart enough to vote—please tell me that you don’t.

    • rpearlston - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Monica Seles. The argument begins and ends there, and you are on the wrong side of it.

  10. racksie - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Wellnthisndoes beg the counter argument. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/04/mlb-is-reviewing-matt-adams-shoving-a-reds-fan/. and I defended Matt Adams. But when you see the two juxtaposed, it sort of blurs the line.

  11. racksie - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Well this does*

  12. inthearex - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Granderson is one the best guys in the league. Smart, has fun, articulate and knows baseball. If he gets upset over something I believe his gripe has weight to it.

    • rje49 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      You are correct about Granderson.
      Players shouldn’t be touched while they are playing the ball. Yes, he caught the fly ball for an out but the ball may still have been live and in play if a runner was on base. So it should be considered possible an act of interference.

  13. chiadam - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I think some (most) fans have an extremely difficult time understanding the fan / player relationship. They’re not our friends. They don’t want to be our friends. They don’t want to be touched, approached, bothered, or talked to. And when they prattle on about how much the fans mean to them, they’re just blowing smoke. And all that is fine. They do their thing and we do ours, but the two worlds are not meant to merge.

  14. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Oh ok, so this isn’t cool, but it’s all fine and dandy when Fatt Adams shoves a fan in Cincinnati?

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      The fan was an idiot who cost the fielder a nice defensive play. What part of you can’t touch a player don’t you understand?

      • JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Thanks for illustrating my point.

      • ptfu - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        The playing field is for the players. Fans trespass at their own peril.

        The stands are for the fans. Players trespass at their own peril.

        Common sense and politeness suggest you make way/respect the other when they temporarily cross the line. However, there are no guarantees, and Matt Adams is out of luck. It doesn’t matter if the fan was an idiot, he was in his space and the player was barging in going for the catch. Matt Adams did not have exclusive right to that ball, and he certainly had no right to touch the fan.

      • bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        No one on, caught the ball. The fan didn’t disrupt anything, but he was very wrong and stupid to do what he did.

        The shove, the fan had EVERY right to the ball, it was out of play. The player shoving him was WRONG. Just like the idiot touching Granderson.

        It’s not ok one way, not the other.

  15. onbucky96 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    What a tool. If Granderson had dived into the stands, that’s 1 thing. Hope they threw him in jail, that’s what we do in Milwaukee.

  16. jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Some bimbo L.A. outz decides he’s going to touch a real, major leaguer!

  17. bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    I was maybe 10 feet from this idiot (fan), and he was an idiot. He was all apologetic, then when Granderson starts to back away, he got super tough.

    Afterwards he was very proud. Putting his arms up like he did something good. Security took him out quick.

    The guy was an idiot. It’s simple, unwanted touching is not allowed. Had Granderson touched him, this guy would be on the phone with a lawyer.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Thanks for relaying this story. That guy is a real pu$$y.

      • bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        He was for sure. He thought he was real tough, acted like an asshole the whole game. The face he made when Curtis turned around was priceless, he looked like he almost peed his pants.

        People defending this clown have no clue. The dude was a complete idiot.

  18. jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    If you touched Wild Bill’s hat he’d shoot you on the spot. That fan’s a lucky SOB.

  19. jpat2424 - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Get over it Granderson

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      I think you’re lying,

  20. d1122 - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Curtis Granderson did not just say ‘Hey, just don’t touch me” he basically looked at the guy and made sure the guy was kicked out with his reaction, an appropriate ‘Hey, just don’t touch me” would have been fine, however I am sure Granderson is upset that he has been hitting like crap and he is taking it out on that fan, I hope he has a thicker skin when he gets back to New York because I can assure you the fans are going to boo him unless he starts hitting

    • bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      As someone who saw it happen from a few feet away, you couldn’t be more wrong.

      Granderson didn’t signal at any security or anything. The guard came running over before Granderson even reacted. He ran back and grabbed a helmet and came running back.

      Bad assumptions, wrong facts.

    • rpearlston - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      How can “just don’t touch me” be fine, EVER, when idiots reach out to interfere with a player, under any circumstances.
      Then again, you don’t have to believe me on this one. Talk to Monica Seles, and you’ll understand why this so-called fan is an idiot.

  21. Dogsweat - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    He touched me in the no-no place, grow up Curtis.

  22. chris3141084 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    I don’t understand people defending the fan, I guarantee you that you would take exception to someone touched you at your place of employment. Yes, Granderson didn’t get hurt this time but it doesn’t give you the right to commit battery, I would kinda hope he gets charged to prevent this from ever happening again. We don’t need another Monica Seles situation ever.

    • Dogsweat - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Yea, especially when the players are making millions for playing a few games.

      Waaa, he touched me. what a spoiled punk, it’s part of the game, don’t play it, if you are too sensitive.

      Go unload some trucks and see how much they pay you.

      • American of African Descent - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Is that why you’re so bitter . . . you unload trucks for a living and hate the idea that a guy who looks like Granderson can buy you, sell you at a loss, and never even realize you had hit his balance sheet?

      • Dogsweat - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        American of Slave Descent, weren’t you the guy on Wheel of Fortune yesterday?

      • bender4700 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        It’s NOT apart of the game. It’s illegal. It is illegal to physically touch someone without consent. Period.

      • Reflex - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        You know its always people like Dogsweat claiming that there is no real racism anymore in america. Him and others who will ignore his comment in order to make the same claim.

      • American of African Descent - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        I don’t even understand Dogcrap’s comment w/r/t Wheel of Fortune. Was he trying to insult me? Because, if he was, he failed miserably.

      • rpearlston - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Dogsweat, why don’t you see how quickly you drop that box, and then that individual, if someone came up and touched you while you’re loading boxes.
        It’s not Granderson here who is acting like a spoiled brat. It’s the fan, for thinking that s/he has the right to do anything, including reaching out and touching a player, simply because s/he has a ticket.

      • chris3141084 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        I was going to say something productive but your comment would allow it. They pay you so little because it doesn’t take talent to do what you do/said job. If they could eliminate your position with a machine they would, like countless other jobs, if you’re going to get your butt hurt over my comment you’re too sensitive. Touching players on the field has NEVER been part of the game.

      • chris3141084 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        wouldn’t*

    • rpearlston - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Then again, this is not just an issue for Ms Seles and Mr Granderson. If memory serves, in his 1st or 2nd year in the bigs, Wally Joyner was hit in the leg by an open penknife that someone had thrown from the stands. Think about how dangerous a situation that could have been. After all, that could have taken out someone’s eye or cut a major blood vessel, badly injuring, or even killing, the person struck. In baseball alone, players have been struck by batteries thrown from the crowd, by coins thrown by the crowd, Bottles have been thrown onto fields – and some of them have been made of glass. Players have been targets of laser pens that could just have easily been the laser sight of a firearm.
      Are you getting this yet? This behaviour is always, ALWAYS, potentially DANGEROUS, and the player has no idea if it is or isn’t.

  23. mikhelb - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    In comparison: fans who threw beer to Sheffield at Fenway received an ovation, were not ejected from the game, the ball was deemed in play and Sheffield got fined by shoving fans after their altercate. Same thing when fans and a groundskeeper at Fenway threw objects and asssulted a pitcher in the bullpen, the visiting players were suspended and faced jail time for defending themselves and hitting the fans.

  24. zdravit - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Why do these types all have anger issues?

  25. Dogsweat - Apr 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh03J7j604a5dIvAC7

    Go Halos!

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