Update (10:20 PM EST): Collins apologized, per MLive.com’s Chris Iott. He said, “I’m absolutely embarrassed it happened and I’m very sorry to everybody in Detroit.” Also per Iott, manager Brad Ausmus said, “It’s clearly something that can’t happen.”
Tigers center fielder Tyler Collins lost a Marcus Semien fly ball in the lights. Left fielder Justin Upton made things worse, booting the ball and allowing Semien to advance from second base to third base.
Fans at Comerica Park booed and Collins responded by flipping them off, which you can see in this video:
(h/t Matthew Mowery of The Oakland Press)
Collins was likely frustrated as he also struck out to end the Tigers’ rally in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Tigers had already scored four runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Collins is the first Tiger to make an indecent gesture at Tigers fans since Joe Nathan in August 2014. Nathan later apologized.
Then-Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon grabbed his crotch in front of the crowd at Citizens Bank Park in September 2014, an incident for which he was immediately ejected and later suspended seven games by Major League Baseball.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.