Angels Star Anthony Rendon Swings at Oakland A’s Fan After Opening Night time Loss

A video circulating on social media seems to point out Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon seize and try and hit an Oakland A’s fan following Thursday evening’s recreation on the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s scored two runs within the backside of the eighth and went on to win 2-1. Video taken close to the tunnel connecting the visiting dugout and clubhouse reveals Rendon grabbing a fan by the shirt and asking “what did you say?” earlier than asserting that the fan known as him a bitch.

Rendon seems to let go of the fan’s shirt and tries to knock the fan’s hat off earlier than continuing into the tunnel.

Outfielder Hunter Renfroe may be seen strolling previous Rendon earlier than stopping to view the interplay, whereas star pitcher Shohei Ohtani, who struck out 10 in his first outing of the 12 months, took a fast look whereas strolling by.

Rendon, who’s within the fourth season of a seven-year, $245 million contract, has battled accidents all through his time with the Angels. He has performed in simply 158 of a doable 385 video games since signing the deal. He went 0-for-3 with a stroll and two strikeouts in Thursday’s season opener.

His strikeout within the prime of the eighth inning left two males on base, and the A’s went on to take the lead within the backside of the eighth on Tony Kemp’s RBI double and Aledmys Diaz’s RBI single. These runs had been charged to left-handed reliever Aaron Loup, who said he pitched “like a little bitch” following the poor outing.

In line with KRON 4 Information, the Oakland Police Division (OPD) is investigating the incident as a battery.

“The Oakland Police Division (OPD) is investigating a battery that occurred on March 30, 2023, following an occasion within the 7000 block of Joe Morgan Means,” OPD Public Info Officer Kim Armstead mentioned in an electronic mail. “Right now, no sufferer has contacted OPD, nevertheless, surveillance video of the incident has surfaced. Because of this, OPD created an incident, made a report, and is actively investigating.”

The Angels declined to touch upon the video, although Sam Blum of The Athletic did say Rendon will be available for comment before Saturday’s game. The Normal additionally contacted the A’s for remark.

Rendon’s run-in with the fan is probably the most important altercation between a fan and a participant on the Coliseum since 2004, when Texas Rangers pitcher Frank Francisco was arrested for throwing a chair at a heckling fan.

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