A fan at Citizens Bank Park threw a beer bottle from the stands at Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.
As Howard was walking back to the dugout the bottle landed near his feet.
“I’ve done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff,” Howard said. “If you want to yell out ‘You suck,’ that’s whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that’s when stuff gets personal.”
Howard hasn’t been in the Phillies’ starting lineup the past five games as he usually would be. He is only hitting .151 this season.
“I don’t play that. To me, that’s crossing the line. It becomes a security issue. It’s not necessary. That stuff infuriates me.”
This is the first time an object has ever been thrown at him from the stands.
“Somebody has to do something. Somebody should get reprimanded for it. Because if I would’ve done something, if I would’ve went into the stands and tried to beat this dude up, I would’ve gotten in trouble by Major League Baseball. He probably would’ve tried to sue me. But it’s OK for him to throw a bottle and then go home and be on his merry way? Nah, that doesn’t work.”
He is making $25 million. This is the final season of his five-year contract. He ranks second in Phillies history with 365 home runs, and is third all-time in RBIs with 1,154 RBIs.
The team is investigating the incident.