TORONTO — A day later, the Yankees remained angry about the security breakdown that allowed a fan to make his way into their clubhouse after Friday night’s game at Rogers Centre.
“It shouldn’t happen,” Joe Girardi said early Saturday afternoon. “Someone needs to pay more attention. But again, it’s going to happen once in a while and you just hope that nothing ever comes from it.”
A male fan whom Todd Frazier estimated to be in his early 20s entered the Yankees’ clubhouse after Friday night’s 8-1 loss to the Blue Jays, successfully blending in — at least at the onset — with the large group of reporters doing interviews. The fan, who entered the clubhouse through a back entrance after coming out of the stands and walking down the steps of the Yankees’ dugout, walked back and forth in the clubhouse several times, pretending to be part of the media.
Only when he attempted to enter the players’ lounge area at the far end of the clubhouse, which is off-limits to all except team personnel, did someone speak up.
“One of the clubbies screamed, ‘Who the heck are you? What are you doing in here?’ ” Frazier said.
The fan, who attempted to make off with a batting helmet, three baseballs and a Gatorade towel, according to Frazier, was chased outside and detained by Eddie Fastook, the Yankees’ executive director of team security.
The fan was arrested with little damage having been done, which was fortunate.
“The guy could have taken pictures, could have used a bat if he wanted to hurt somebody,” Frazier said. “I mean, the bats are laying right there when you walk in. He could have done something more serious. Just one of those things. You talk about security. You think you’re secure everywhere you go, and then this happens. It’s a rude awakening for everybody. No telling what could have happened.”
There was a noticeable extra layer of security near the clubhouse Saturday and the back entrance, at the suggestion of the Yankees, was restricted to club personnel. Previously, it was an entry point for media as well.
At their morning pregame meeting, Rogers Centre security workers were read the riot act by superiors.
“He got past about six different checkpoints,” said one Rogers Centre security guard, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. “It’s embarrassing.”
Girardi said something similar happened earlier in the season when the Yankees were in Houston.
“Two fans came up the stairs and right through the clubhouse, and I stopped them,” he said. “They were lost. They were legitimately lost and I just said, ‘Excuse me, what are you guys doing?’ And our people took care of it and got them out. But they were lost.”
That was not the case Friday night, and Girardi said his hope is that there will be a significant punishment.
“I think there should be something, a fine or something, so people are aware that you can’t do that,” he said. “If you do it and you get caught, there’s a punishment. There has to be. There should be a punishment. It’s trespassing.”