Astros OF Says Yankees Fans Were 'Disrespectful' During ALCS Game 3

Tim Kelly
October 16, 2019 - 12:02 pm

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick saw New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius' grand slam off of the Tampa Bay Rays in their short-lived ALDS series. For a second, it looked as though Gregorius had given the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 3 of the ALCS.

Instead, the ball died as the warning track, with Reddick putting the ball away and the Astros 2-0 lead still intact.

For as dominant as Gerrit Cole has been in 2019, he danced around trouble for nearly all of his start Tuesday. On paper, Cole was magnificent, pitching seven shutout innings, limiting the Yankees to just four hits and striking out seven.

Still, Cole walked five batters. The Yankees had chances to win the game and take a 2-1 series lead, but they went 0-6 with runners in scoring position, allowing the Astros to escape with a 4-1 win.

Reddick's fingerprints were all over the game. He - and the city of Houston - were able to exhale after he caught Gregorius' fly ball. That came after a 410-foot home run in the second inning.

But after the game, Reddick, while ecstatic about Cole's continued success, was sure to voice concerns about objects being thrown onto the field during the game.

"You throw a baseball hard enough and hit somebody in the head when they're not looking, it could do some damage to the player, so it's definitely disrespectful and at the same time very unsafe," Reddick said.

"I don't think fans realize when they do that that you could hit a player. You hit a baseball player with a baseball from the third deck, it's got a little bit of movement on it, so it can definitely do some damage to you, and it's frustrating to see as a player in the outfield. I saw water bottles and, like, two baseballs. There were two souvenir baseballs thrown in center and left field. I got all the water bottles in right."

Reddick, an 11-year major league veteran, isn't new to playing in Yankee Stadium. He began his career with the Boston Red Sox, and was on the Astros 2017 team, who defeated the Yankees in a seven-game ALCS en route to winning the first World Series in franchise history.

With the Astros leading the series 2-1, the two teams will play Game 4 of the series Wednesday evening at 8:08 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. Regardless of the outcome of Game 4, there will be one more game at Yankee Stadium in the series, the scheduled location of Game 5.

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