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A Phillies fan threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard on Saturday


A Phillies fan, ostensibly frustrated with first baseman Ryan Howard‘s lackluster performance this season and/or the team’s loss, threw a beer bottle at the slugger during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Howard didn’t start in any of the Phillies’ four games against the Brewers, but he did pinch hit and make the final out of Saturday’s game, a 6-3 loss. Howard hit a grounder to closer Jeremy Jeffress, who threw to first base for a 1-3 putout. To the veteran’s credit, he ran hard down the line and made it a close play. The unhappy fan still decided to hurl a Bud Light Lime bottle at him.

Howard was understandably displeased with the incident. He said, “I’ve done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff. If you want to yell out ‘You suck,’ that’s whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that’s when stuff gets personal.”

He continued, saying, “We have to be held accountable. If someone throws something, we’re just supposed to sit there and wear it and get hit. Nah man, we’re human beings first and foremost. People get it twisted. They see the baseball stuff and they don’t see you as a human being. They see you as someone that just plays baseball.”

It’s worth pointing out that, other than this incident by one individual, Phillies fans have treated Howard well this season. He was cheered as he stepped to the plate on Saturday and has generally gotten a positive reception during games despite his disappointing numbers. Howard also noted that he has, until Saturday, never had anything thrown at him by fans.

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Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”