When baseball officials decided against having fans in the stands this season, they couldn’t have imagined a delay like the one that happened in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 9-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
A cardboard cutout fell from the seating section atop the Green Monster onto the playing field, near Juan Soto. A strong, gusty breeze blew around the ballpark and carried the cutout off its seat.
Will never understand fans running onto the field. Is it worth it? pic.twitter.com/G7JVrpkNRQ— Molls (@mollyburkhardt) August 30, 2020
Red Sox fans who contributed $500 to the Red Sox Foundation had a 20-by-30-inch corrugated cutout of their photo placed in the Green Monster seats.
There are prizes for fans if a home run ball hits their cutout.
The cutout that fell was a picture of a man with light-colored hair, with sunglasses tucked into a white polo shirt.
Despite the more than 37-foot fall to the Fenway Park field, the cutout apparently sustained no damage, and stadium security did not react to the intrusion on the field. Instead, Soto picked up the cutout, tucked it under his arm and carried it to the stands near the left-field line, where it was tucked below a seat in the front row. No word on whether the cutout’s seat was relocated or if it will face criminal trespass charges.
The scene was part of a wacky, windy Sunday at Fenway Park, when a stiff wind above the ballpark blew balls out to right field and caused Nats’ right fielder Adam Eaton to take some circuitous routes to fly balls, and center fielder Victor Robles to lose a ball in the sun and wind.
Soto was shown several times on television conversing with the scoreboard operator inside the Green Monster through a window to the field.