Atlanta Braves rightfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was confronted by some enthusiastic fans who stormed the field during Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Denver’s Coors Field. Video footage from the game shows one fan hugging Acuña in the field, appearing to try to take a photo. A security guard dressed in black ran toward them and tried to pull the fan away.
“I was a little scared at first,” Acuña later told reporters. “I think the fans were out there and asking for a picture. But security was able to get there and so I think everything is OK, everyone is OK.”NBC Sports
More security guards then appeared, with one grabbing the fan’s legs and another his arm, with the fan maintaining a strong hold around Acuña.
Another eager fan then appeared, enterring the field and leaping towards Acuña; this fan was subsequently body-slammed to the ground by security guards. In the action, Acuña fell to the ground, getting back up on his own. Acuña wass seen smiling and signaling thumbs up to concerned teammates.
“You don’t want to see that happen, I know that,” Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters after the game. “You don’t know what they will do when they get out there. It’s a scary situation.”NBC Sports
Some teammates ran to Acuña’s aid as security escorted the fans off the field, but one didn’t go willingly. One fan calmly allowed security to walk him off field, but the other kept waving his hands, kicking and flailing to get the 25-year-old star athlete’s attention and had to be carried away by three guards.
The scuffle unfolded in the bottom of the seventh inning, after Atlanta had broken open a close game with four runs in the top of the frame. The Braves ended up beating the Rockies, 14-4.