Angels right fielder Torii Hunter was running about as fast as he can, tracking Robinson Cano's deep drive and expecting a collision with the wall any second.Sorry Angels, but we're everywhere. Deal with it.
When half the wall wasn't there, Hunter got worse than a collision. He got flipped.
Hunter's legs slammed into the low wall in right field and he jackknifed into the stands, all 225 pounds landing on a guy wearing a gray shirt in the front row. It's about then, with the pain of the collision and the aggravation of not reaching the ball just sinking in, that Hunter heard this:
"Get off my friend!"
"It was a Yankee fan," Hunter said.
Saturday was that kind of evening for the Angels, who were frustrated flailing at CC Sabathia's changeup, and again disappointed that their stadium became Yankee Stadium West. Jered Weaver made a reference to it being "half Yankees fans and half Angels fans," Friday. Hunter called it an "infestation," after Saturday's game.
The large, vocal contingent of Yankees fans is nothing new at Angel Stadium, but as the Angels enjoyed success on the field and at the gate in recent seasons, the balance had started to tip a bit more toward the home crowd. It has felt like the old days the past two nights. Hunter saw the same thing for years in Minnesota. It happens in Oakland, Seattle, Texas and most other stadiums in the American League, as well.
"They infest everywhere. Every stadium is going to be infested with Yankees fans," Hunter said. "No mosquito repellent, nothing works on them."
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
From Mark Saxon: