Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield won't be punished for his role in a scuffle with fans at Fenway Park last week. ...Will MLB release the video that shows this altercation, because I don't think anyone has seen it yet.
"We do not condone any interaction between fans and players whether initiated by either fans or players," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "I am pleased that Gary Sheffield showed restraint in not overreacting to the improper and clearly aggressive action of the fan in question."
The commissioner's office said Watson concluded the fan reached over the barrier near the right-field corner during the April 14 game in Boston and "struck Sheffield on the head as he was attempting to field a ball in play."
"Sheffield in response swung his arms in an effort to extricate himself from the situation and to avoid further abuse, then completed the play and returned to confront the fan," the statement said. "At that time no further altercation occurred, Red Sox security stepped in promptly and order was restored. Under the circumstances, Bob Watson concluded that discipline for Sheffield was not warranted."
Surprising decision from the former Yankees general manager. And Selig is a riot: "We don't condone any interactions .... uh ... except this one."