Apparently a Phillies fan was thrown out of Fenway Park on Monday night – by the Phillies.
Rohlfing says it was the third inning of the 2-1 loss when he yelled “Odubel, wake up!” after Odubel Herrera committed a horrendous mistake on the base paths. This took place behind third base within ear shot of Rhys Hoskins, who was tagged out on the play. Shortly after, a Red Sox security worker came over to talk to Rohlfing, followed by a second person, a higher-up, who explained that the manager wanted him removed from the stadium. The pair explained that they had no choice but to kick him and his fiance out of Fenway because Gabe Kapler asked for it.
Santoliquito asked the Phillies for comment:
“The Phillies confirmed, through a team spokesperson, that the request for Rohlfing’s removal did come from the Phillies’ dugout, but it was intended to remove Rohlfing from the area where he was standing — not from the ballpark. The Phillies also refute that the order came from Kapler.”
On today’s morning show, host Angelo Cataldi said he got a text message from Kapler, which he read a portion of while Rohlfing was on the line:
“Angelo, looking forward to discussing the ‘fan being ejected’ story with you on the air Thursday, but I wanted to clear the air sooner, directly. The first I heard there was a fan ejected at all was this morning. I didn’t hear what he claims he was yelling, or even that someone was yelling in the first place. I certainly didn’t say anything to security.”
When asked for a response, Rohlfing said that the text message contradicts what security personnel told him.
Anyway, the Red Sox offered Rohlfing a pair of tickets atop the Green Monster for last night’s game, but he declined. Kapler will be on with Cataldi tomorrow morning, so I guess we’ll get the full story from the manager. Angelo ended the call with a pseudo-diatribe about fan injustice and the checks and balances provided by the media.
Give it a listen and make your own judgment: