Jurickson Profar says Giants fans “worst in the league” after incident
Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar says Giants fans are “worst in the league” after they threw things at him during game
Jurickson Profar made his feelings about San Francisco Giants fans abundantly clear after they threw at least one baseball and beer bottle at him during Friday night’s contest.
The San Diego Padres are up the coast for the weekend facing their National League West rivals, and the welcome has been far from warm. Profar says he tried to throw a ball to a Padres fan in the stands during the third inning but missed, and a Giants fan caught it instead. Giants fans then began throwing things at the Padres outfielder, including a baseball and later in the game, a beer bottle:
"“I tried to throw it to a Padres fan. I think he missed it and then some Giant fan caught it. When I turned around he threw it back and almost hit me. Then I threw it back and they started throwing more. The next time they threw a beer bottle.“It’s very frustrating. You can talk whatever you want. You paid to watch the game. These guys are the worst in the league. They can talk but as soon as you try to throw stuff, that’s different.”"
Profar also noted that fans can cause serious harm to players by throwing things onto the field:
"“I was really mad. I’m a happy guy but when I get mad it’s different. That thing got me really mad. It’s very dangerous. I’m not watching. They can hit me in the back of the head. You can get a concussion or something.”"
Padres manager Bob Melvin, who rejoined his team after surgery last week, said the fans’ actions were “uncalled for.”
Regardless of how big a rivalry is between two teams, there’s never any excuse to throw anything at baseball players while they’re trying to do their job.