Angels’ $245M man Anthony Rendon is caught on camera trying to BEAT a fan of an Oakland A
Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon got into a physical altercation with a track fan during Thursday’s opener in Oakland.
In a video that has since gone viral, the 32-year-old Texan native can be seen snatching the fan’s jersey before swinging and missing as the Angels exit the clubhouse after their 2-1 loss to the A’s entered.
‘What did you say?’ Rendon asked while grabbing the shirt of the front row fan. ‘You called me b****, huh?’
The man is heard denying Rendon’s allegation, but the Angels star didn’t hear it.
“Yes you did, yes you did, mother*****,” Rendon said before swiping an open hand at the A’s fan, which told him to “calm down.”
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Anthony Rendon got into a physical altercation with a track and field fan in Oakland
Neither Rendon nor the team have addressed the issue publicly. In an email to DailyMail.com, an Angels spokesman declined to comment on the video.
Rendon, the 2019 Washington Nationals All-Star and World Series champion, capitalized on his success with a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels but has struggled with injury woes ever since.
Rendon has yet to play more than 60 games in a season with the Angels, although that includes the 2020 campaign shortened by the pandemic.
Additionally, his .250 average in four seasons at Anaheim is 40 points below his mark in seven seasons at Nationals. Meanwhile, his slugging percentage dropped from .490 with Washington to just .417 with Los Angeles.
Thursday’s opening game was frustrating for the Angels, who failed to capitalize on Shohei Ohtani’s throwing mastery.
Ohtani scored 10 in six scoreless innings on his season debut as he won the World Baseball Classic title before Oakland capitalized after his elimination, while Aledmys Díaz took the athletics with a tied singles in the eighth to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels rallied Thursday night.
“We have a lot of guys on base and in the goalscoring position, we just lacked that one big goal,” Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.
Esteury Ruiz hit a single and Tony Kemp hit a double to start the rally against Aaron Loup (0-1).
Thursday’s opener was frustrating for the Angels, who were unable to capitalize on Ohtanis Out
The A’s hoped to get a chance once Ohtani’s day was over.
“He dominated us a bit with 10 punchouts,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. “That gave us an idea of what we were up against tonight. We wanted to get Ohtani out of the game as soon as possible. It took a little longer than we would have liked but we got to the bullpen and took advantage of that.’
Ohtani named his own pitches using Pitchcom technology, as he did during spring training given his bid and the addition of the pitch clock this year. It started working again in the second inning.
O’Hoppe scored in the fifth round to end a goalless game and give the Angels the lead. Then Los Angeles right fielder Hunter Renfroe made an amazing no-look catch for opening day highlight reels.
Oakland Athletics’ Esteury Ruiz scores with a brace from Tony Kemp to tie
Ohtani raised his arms off the mound in glee and Renfroe could only grin from ear to ear after robbing Oakland’s Jace Peterson with a defensive jewel to start the bottom of the fifth. Renfroe ran backwards towards the wall, extended his glove and made the grab without his eyes tracking the ball, landing just in front of the warning lane.
“WHAT WAS THAT,” the angels posted on Twitter with a shocked emoji face.
‘There’s no such thing as a normal catch. You catch it behind your head and backwards — that’s not great, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do,” Renfroe said.
Ohtani – undeterred after leading Kemp to four places early in his outing – pumped his first as he pulled back Ramón Laureano in a 101-mile place to finish fourth. He walked three and conceded two hits.
Ohtani joined Dylan Cease, Gerrit Cole and Logan Webb as the four pitchers with double-digit strikeouts who matched 1970 the most on Opening Day since 1901.
New A’s replacement Trevor May (1-0) threw an eighth-place win. Dany Jimenez earned the save after boarding the tie run on a walk.
Gio Urshela swung out after a 10-pitch battle with Oakland’s reliever Domingo Acevedo to finish in seventh place.
This Oakland A fan was not involved in Rendon’s confrontation with another spectator
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