Yankees Fans Chanted NSFW Message at Umpire Angel Hernandez After Controversial Call


Opening Day of the 2024 MLB season has come and gone, but it feels like baseball is officially back again now that much-maligned umpire Angel Hernandez has angered another crowd with a controversial call.

This time, Hernandez drew the ire of New York Yankees fans during the first inning of the club's Sunday afternoon game against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the count 3–2, Blue Jays pitcher Bowden Francis appeared to step off the mound before delivering a pitch to Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, who had stepped out of the batter's box and simply watched fly by as Hernandez called him out on strikes.

Yankees fans, clearly miffed at Hernandez's call and the overall sequence, showered him with an NSFW chant.

(Warning: There is bad language in this video.)

As Yankees manager Aaron Boone and the rest of the umpiring crew came out to have a word with Hernandez, the Yankee Stadium crowd began to chant "F--- you, Angel!"

And that wasn't even the first time that that Hernandez heard it from the Bronx crowd, as they booed the veteran umpire when he was introduced before the game.

It almost certainly won't be the last time Hernandez, infamous for his questionable strike zone, hears it from fans on Sunday—or the rest of this season.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.