Small crowd, big problem.
Some of the 10,202 fans at Yankee Stadium made their presence felt in an ugly way Friday night when they began throwing baseballs and other objects onto the field during the bottom of the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Rays.
“You are always concerned when there’s a chance people are throwing stuff onto the field,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I don’t know if it was baseball giveaway day. For whatever reason, one or two did it and it seemed like there were 15 others that followed.”
The crowd would’ve been larger if not for New York’s COVID-19 restrictions. And by the point at which people started throwing things, the crowd was smaller than the announced figure: disgust in a game in which the Yankees committed three errors and had no runs on one hit through six innings had sent some to the exits.
Yankees manager Aaron Bonne is a third-generation baseball lifer and can’t remember witnessing a similar scene. He chose his words very carefully in saying “it…