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New York City: Yankees fan throws ball at Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo

Baseball

July 19, 2021
Source: Yankees/Twitter
Source: Yankees/Twitter

⚾️MLB: As if the Yankees’ rivalry with the Boston Red Sox wasn’t already tense enough, things got heated on Saturday when a Yanks fan threw a ball at Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo. The fan was ejected and later banned from MLB stadiums for life, but it only added fuel to the fire. 

  • Fortunately, yesterday’s game was less dramatic, with the Pinstripes earning a 9–1 victory to win the series 2-1 on the strength of two-run homers from Rougned Odor in the seventh and Ryan LaMarre in the eighth
  • Meanwhile, the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7–6 yesterday for their only win of the series. That said, it wasn’t cute with six runs given up in the first inning...three of which were due to NY pitcher Taijuan Walker mistakenly swatting away a fair ball. *facepalm*

⚽️Gotham FC: Thanks to three goals by three different players, Gotham FC beat the Washington Spirit 3–2 yesterday in an exciting back-and-forth match. After back-to-back draws, a win felt good. 

  • In the front office, however, things are not feeling good as the club announced the firing of general manager Alyse LaHue on Friday. The statement shared that LaHue was dismissed on July 9th due to a league policy violation after three years with the club. 

The Athletic reported that the incident related to the NWSL’s anti-harassment policy, but no additional details have been shared about the initial complaint, nor the investigation. For now, Gotham will search for a new GM while fans are left with lots of questions.