ANAHEIM, Calif. - Cheer but don't touch.
That was the message that startled Mets rightfielder Curtis Granderson conveyed to a fan who reached over the railing and touched him during the eighth inning of the Mets' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Angels on Friday night.
"He touched me," Granderson said. "Then I turned around and he's like, 'I didn't mean to.' I said, 'Hey, just don't touch me.' So that was it. Say whatever you want to say, boo, cheer, clap, cheer for your team, cheer for the other team. But just don't physically touch players."
Security personnel escorted the fan out of the ballpark shortly after the incident, which took place when Granderson raced into the rightfield corner to chase down a fly ball by J.B. Shuck.
Just before Granderson threw the ball into the infield, a fan touched him on the shoulder. Granderson appeared angry as he pointed out the fan.
"I got touched while in play," Granderson said. "I told him not to touch me and that was it."
Granderson admitted he was startled. He had never been through a similar experience.
"You never know what's going to go on," said Granderson, who considered the incident a safety issue. "The first thing that was asked to me by the security here was 'Are you OK? Did anything happen?' I was like yeah, everything's fine. But just the fact that I got touched during the act of the game, while things were going on, is obviously something to always be concerned about."