Last night in MLB Network, they spent an entire segment dedicated to ball etiquette. Why? Because of the above incident. Here’s the video.
The way the ball came down the line, the initial reaction was smart by the security guard. Get away from the ball. That’s normal protocol. But after that, that’s where he messes up.
He shouldn’t be running into the field of play. He should be looking at where the ball is and run towards foul territory when he sees the ball go back into fair territory. He has to understand that he can’t stand anywhere that would disrupt Andres Torres.
I don’t know who teaches the security guard about etiquette, but this was not a very good display. He could have interfered. The ball could have hit him. He should have just run onto the field to avoid the ball, then immediately get out of the way.
Am I being too harsh?