Security Staff Helps Minimize Fracas at Red Sox, Yankees Game

Security personnel were able to deal with confrontation at Fenway before it escalated


BOSTON -- Police are still investigating the confrontation between New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield and a Boston fan, and the Red Sox are considering revoking the fan's season tickets.

"As with all investigations in the city of Boston, we are prohibited from giving the status (of a case) ... until it comes to something," police spokesman John Boyle said Sunday.

Major League Baseball is also investigating.

The confrontation between Sheffield and fan Christopher House occurred during the eighth inning of Boston's 8-5 win over New York on Thursday at Fenway Park.

Sheffield was chasing down Jason Varitek's two-run triple in the right-field corner when House reached over the wall and appeared to make contact with the player.

Sheffield, who said he was hit in the face, shoved House before he threw the ball back to the infield. Sheffield turned and moved toward House, but a security guard intervened before the confrontation could escalate. House was ejected from Fenway, but not arrested.

Another fan, who apparently tossed beer in Sheffield's direction, was questioned by team officials and ejected from the ballpark, said Red Sox spokesman Glenn Geffner.

Revoking House's season tickets is one of the options the team is considering, according to Geffner.

"We hope to have a resolution in the next 24 to 48 hours," Geffner said Sunday. "We haven't determined anything fully yet. We want to make sure our bases are covered."

A telephone message left at House's home wasn't immediately returned Sunday.

Although the second fan doesn't have Red Sox season tickets, the team could revoke his "ticket-purchasing privileges" or bar him from entering the ballpark, Geffner said. He wouldn't release the fan's name.