PITTSBURGH • The commissioner's office is reviewing video and information about what happened Thursday night in Cincinnati when Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went into the crowd to catch a foul ball and shoved a fan as he left the seats.
An official with Major League Baseball said the office is looking into what occurred in the third inning at Great American Ball Park.
When trying to track a popup in the third inning of the Cardinals' 7-6 win, Adams reached over the rolled-up tarp in foul territory and attempted to make the catch lunging into the crowd. A Reds fan, identified as Chris Smith, caught the ball in his glove before it got to Adams'. After he regained his balance and was then getting to get to his feet and out of the crowd, Adams placed his glove on Smith's chest and pushed.
Video of the event clearly shows Adams shoving Smith.
As Adams ran back to his position, Smith responded with an obscene salute with the hand that didn't have a glove. Video also clearly showed Smith's response as well.
The ready-made video was captured in the amber of social media.
It has made for good TV around the country already Friday.
Immediately after the game, many of the Cardinals had not seen the video nor did they know what happened in the crowd, only that Adams did what he could to get out of the stands after failing to make the catch.
“I’m not that type of guy to go after anybody," Adams said in the clubhouse after the win. "I was just trying to keep from going into the stands.”
Manager Mike Matheny, who had not seen the video at the time he was asked about Adams' shove, echoed that explanation: “He was going into the stands. Probably from trying to go tail over teakettle into the first row. You don’t want to be going into the stands. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
It's not clear whether Adams would face a fine for his actions.