Yankees' fans tossing trash at Oscar Mercado of the Cleveland Guardians. Apr 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Cleveland Guardians center fielder Oscar Mercado (35) is walked away from the outfield stands after fans throw beer and water bottles at him after the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees pulled off a remarkable 5-4 comeback win over the Cleveland Guardians Saturday, but much of the discussion afterwards was about the Yankees’ fans who threw debris on the field near the end. That includes the beer and water bottles thrown at Cleveland outfielder Oscar Mercado in the above photo. And that saw criticism from Yankees’ radio broadcaster John Sterling, and from players like the Guardians’ Myles Straw. And it led to a lot of discussion:

The trash-tossing here certainly didn’t do a lot to improve the Yankees’ league-wide reputation. And it led to a lot of anger from Straw and from other Guardians’ players. Some people throwing things definitely doesn’t convict every past, present, or future Yankees’ fan, but this wasn’t a good look for the team or their fanbase. And it’s understandable why it led to some wider criticisms.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see how Cleveland’s next game at Yankee Stadium, set for Sunday afternoon, goes after this. This one was the Guardians’ second game in New York in two nights, and their second loss in those two nights. But there’s going to be a lot of emotion heading into Sunday’s series finale. And we’ll see how both the Yankees and the Guardians adapt to that. There’s definitely some reason here for Cleveland players to be upset, and we’ll see how that carries into this next game.

[Photo from Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.