San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham was involved in a stabbing in 2020, and says fans have been using the terrifying incident as boo material this season.
Pham what involved in an altercation last October outside of a strip club. He suffered a “bar wound” when he was stabbed, according to police, during a confrontation near his car. The Padres outfielder had to undergo surgery for the injury.
During a discussion this week With Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Pham revealed that fans during home and away games have been teasing him about the traumatic incident.
“I need to talk to MLB,” Pham said. “The vulgarity of this year, the gestures, I have never seen it at this level. I want to know if this is because the fans have been gone for a year and now they are back and acting a certain way. What [stuff] should not be tolerated. “
Major League Baseball has since issued a statement to the San Diego Union-Tribune in response to Pham’s comments.
“Preserving the safety of our staff on the field and of our fans is essential to us,” MLB said in the statement. “We will continue to dedicate resources to emphasize and enforce applicable laws and codes of conduct and provide an enjoyable experience at our stadiums.”
MLB ballparks are returning to pre-pandemic attendance levels as the season enters the summer months, which has marked the beginning of the return of some aggravating aspects for the fans to fill the stands. Boos are, of course, one of the tried and true traditions in baseball, but it can be argued that some boos crossed the line by taunting Pham.
The Padres slugger, however, is enjoying a solid season at the plate despite mistreatment from a small segment of fans. In 65 games, Pham is cutting with a .242 / .374 / .735 clip with five home runs and 21 RBIs. Pham has also been warming up lately and is hitting. 360 in his last seven games.
Despite the increase in the batting cage, Pham added that even if he’s doing his best to ignore the taunts during games, inappropriate comments on Twitter and the like are echoing boos from the stadium.
“Today, social media makes it worse,” Pham said. “Some fans think they are better baseball players than me, I guess.”