July 6, 2022

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Here’s what Cleveland center fielder Myles Straw yelled at Yankees fans when he climbed the wall to get in their face

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Someone who was in the middle of that wild scene with former Astros center fielder Myles Straw climbing the fence to get in the face of Yankees fans Saturday produced a video of part of the interaction. The video picks up with Guardians manager Terry Francona and a trainer checking on Cleveland left fielder Steven Kwan, who was shaken up after crashing face-first into the wall.

There’s lots of yelling coming from the bleachers as the Guardians players and staff are just feet away from the outfield wall, but you can hear a fan yelling at Kwan, “You milked it” and someone else saying, “Stay down, Kwan!”

Another fan yells at Cleveland right fielder Oscar Mercado, who also is checking on Kwan, “You’re going to get it, Mercado.” Mercado begins walking towards the wall, when the fan yells at him, “Come on! Get mad! Get mad! Get mad!”

As Straw also walks over, the same fan yells, “Come on, Straw. Tough guy. Tough guy. Come on, Straw. Tough guy.”

That’s when Straw went all Spiderman on the wall and got in the face of a Yankees fan and yells, “Hit me, motherf—–. Hit me, motherf—–. Hit me, motherf—–. Then, shut the f— up.”

Mercado pulled Straw off the wall and the game eventually resumed with Gleyber Torres, the next batter, delivering a walk-off base hit to right field, which inspired Yankees fans in the bleachers to shower the Cleveland outfielders with water bottles and beer cans.

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After the game, Straw told reporters in the clubhouse that Yankees fans are the “worst fanbase on the planet.”

“They chirp, which is totally fine. You have the fun little group in center every game here and they’re fine. They can flip me off, they can say stuff about my family. I really don’t care about that, but when someone’s hurt you don’t prey on that. You just keep your mouth shut and let them recover,” Straw said. “If they want to chirp, then chirp, boo me, do whatever you want, I really don’t care, but that’s nonsense for someone to be hurt and for you to say things like that.”

Straw – who has gone 0-for-8 since the interaction, including a 10-2 loss to the Yankees on Sunday – played four seasons with the Astros before being traded to Cleveland for reliever Phil Maton last July. 

Straw, who went to an Astros World Series game as a fan last year in Atlanta, hit .285 with 13 stolen bases in 60 games for Cleveland last season. So far this year, he’s hitting .258 (16-for-62) with 14 runs scored, which leads the American League. The Guardians signed the 27-year-old Straw to a five-year, $25 million contract extension earlier this month.



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