10/18 01:37 CDT Greinke says he didn't hear taunts, Astros quiet Yanks crowd
Greinke says he didn't hear taunts, Astros quiet Yanks crowd
By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) --- Sounds as though Zack Greinke got an earful at Yankee Stadium
while warming up in the bullpen.
By the time the ninth inning rolled around, most of those fans were long gone.
Awfully satisfying for the Houston Astros.
"They emptied out pretty quick toward the end. I guess there wasn't that much
to say," right fielder Josh Reddick said.
Greinke kept his cool after a rocky start Thursday night and the Astros romped
to an 8-3 victory over the New York Yankees for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven
AL Championship Series.
A report by NJ Advance Media detailed some of the jeering directed at Greinke
as he got loose before the game. Fans in the left field bleachers insulted his
family and taunted the Astros starting pitcher with chants about his social
anxiety disorder, the outlet indicated. At least one was ejected as police
officers kept a watchful eye close by.
"I didn't hear anything," Greinke said softly in the Houston clubhouse after
allowing one run in 4 1/3 innings.
The revved-up Bronx crowd also chanted "Donald! Donald!" --- which is Greinke's
given first name --- while he was in the bullpen and on the mound.
"I don't know if low-class is the right word, but they are hectic," Reddick
said. "I think winning three straight at their home park is going to make a
bigger statement than that."
Greinke walked four --- three in the first inning for the first time since
April 2007 --- and quickly fell behind 1-0. But the 35-year-old right-hander
pitched out of an early bases-loaded jam and then settled in. He retired nine
in a row before DJ LeMahieu's one-out single in the fifth.
"He really has a very slow heartbeat," Reddick said. "He always seems like he
has a calm frame of mind out there."
Before the game, Astros manager AJ Hinch said he would remove his team from the
field if fans again threw objects at Houston players.
Reddick said fans tossed water bottles, baseballs and other objects at him
during Game 3 at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.
"I will pull the team off the field if we get in that situation again where
bottles are being thrown and balls are being thrown and it becomes unruly,"
Hinch said prior to Game 4. "There's other ways to support your home team, and
this place does as good a job as anybody to trying to police that while also
trying to create an environment that's all pro-Yankees. It would be a very ugly
scene for baseball, a very ugly scene for the Yankees, if one of our guys was
hit by something from the upper deck. Something tragic could happen and nobody
A warning message was shown on large center-field video board before the game:
"Please be advised that it is illegal to throw any substance or object in the
stadium. Violators face ejection and a permanent ban from Yankee Stadium, as
well as criminal and civil penalties."
An audio recording from Yankees manager Aaron Boone imploring fans to "please
don't throw objects onto the field" was played after the second inning.
Reddick described the fans in the outfield Thursday as "pretty laid-back,
"I didn't get anything thrown at me tonight, so that was nice," he said with a
"To come in here and take the first two from a team like this in their home
park, this is one of the hardest places to play on the road. The atmosphere is
very intense and very unique, so it makes a big statement when we come in here
and do that," Reddick added.
Houston third baseman Alex Bregman said he loves the "awesome" atmosphere. He
said playing at Yankee Stadium in the playoffs is like being in the middle of a
boxing match with "madness all around you."
But he said it's the same back home at Minute Maid Park during the postseason.
Yankees fans cheered when Houston leadoff man George Springer, who hit a
three-run homer earlier, was brushed back by reliever Tommy Kahnle in the
seventh, and again when Robinson Chirinos was hit by a 91 mph cutter from CC
Sabathia in the eighth.
With the seats mostly empty as the Astros tacked on runs in the last two
innings against the sloppy Yankees, one fan yelled "wake up!"
And there was a Bronx cheer when shortstop Didi Gregorius gloved an easy popup
in the ninth.
New York fans erupted after a replay review changed Edwin Encarnacin's infield
hit leading off the eighth to a groundout in Game 3. Houston went on to win 4-1.
"I went out on the field the other day, I wanted the umpires to know that it
was becoming a dangerous situation," Hinch said Thursday. "Our guys have
reported both in the bullpen and in the outfield, you could see the stuff
thrown on the field. There's no place for that. Both teams will agree. And it's
really hard to stop fans from doing that. But it's also very dangerous. MLB is
aware. We're aware."
Reddick homered off Luis Severino in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Fans
directed insults at him when he went to right
"You throw a baseball hard enough and hit somebody in the head when they're not
looking, it could do some damage to the player, so it's definitely
disrespectful and at the same time very unsafe," Reddick said after the game.
He also said he was subject to verbal abuse.
"It's a matter of all kinds of different things here, but you're used to that
for nine innings. Pretty standard," Reddick said. "They're all yelling at the
same time, so it all kind of mumbles together."
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum and AP Sports Writer Jake Seiner contributed to
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