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A fight broke out between a security guard and a fan at Monday’s A’s-Giants game


A security guard and a fan got into a fight in the stands at the Oakland Coliseum during Monday night’s Giants-Athletics game.

Footage from the fight in the upper deck showed a security guard throwing punches at a female fan before pulling her down by her hair. Several other security guards jumped in to break it up. At issue, it seems, was a stolen backpack. The fighting guard’s backpack, specifically, which another guard found with the fan involved in the fight. The guard who owned the backpack decided to throw down over it.

The fan was escorted out of the stadium and the bag was returned, although some items were missing. The guard has been fired because, even if someone takes your bag, you’re not allowed to beat them down over it. Especially if you’re a security guard. The A’s issued the following statement late Monday night:

“During tonight’s game, there was an incident involving a security guard. We contract with a third-party security company and are currently investigating the situation. Violence in any form is not acceptable. We take this incident seriously.”

On other news, there were fans in the upper deck at the Oakland Coliseum. Pretty good crowd for them.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.