Saturday, April 12, 2014

Curtis Granderson chews out Angels fan who touched him (VIDEO)

You could say Curtis Granderson wasn't exactly in a touchy-feely mood Friday night and, after he felt an Angel fan's hand on his back following a play in right field, he turned around, pointed his gloved hand back at the guy and read him the riot act.

The invisible line between fan and player had been crossed and Granderson reminded the grabby young man of the cardinal rule he and all players want respected during a game.

”Say whatever you want to say, boo, cheer, clap, cheer for your team, cheer for the other team, but just don’t physically touch the players,” he said.

The play occurred in the eighth inning of the Mets 5-4 loss at Angels Stadium. Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck hit a fly ball into the right field corner, near the foul pole and fence.

Granderson came over to the make the catch and as he was about to throw the ball back, and the fan touched his back.

What and why?," was his first reaction, said Grandy. "I know where I am on the field so I got a general idea that it’s a person in the area but to what extent and how it’s going to be, I’m not too sure. Once I turned I was able to see where I was at and able to address the situation. Made my comment and I was able to go out and play after that.”

Granderson told the fan not to touch him. It was the first time that had happened during a game. Between innings, Anaheim team security asked him if he was OK and he said he was.

He does not know what the stadium protocol is but he will not be pressing charges.

It seems as if the fan was escorted away from his seat, though the section of the stadium chanted "Let him stay" as security was about to remove him. If the fan was thrown out, Granderson is fine with it if it is the rule at the stadium.

"Definitely don’t go out onto the field of play and obviously the players are on the field of play," Granderson said.

"Once you come onto the field of play, whether it’s reaching over or actually stepping onto the field of play, obviously, then the rule has been broken."

One bit of advice for the guy. Don't try that with Adam Jones.

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