Twins reliever Tyler Duffey never experienced anything like the vitriol he received from Yankees fans during the ALDS.
“Boston’s fun, they’re baseball fans,” Duffey told The Athletic after the Yankees swept the Twins in the ALDS. ”Yankees fans, they just hate people.”
Duffey appeared in both games at Yankee Stadium, striking out the side in one inning of work in Game 1 before surrendering a series-changing grand slam to Didi Gregorius in the third inning of Game 2. Yankees fans were not kind throughout, showering him in beer and “a lot of expletives.”
“Someone told me they were going to do something to my wife while we were in New York,” Duffey said. “They take full advantage of whatever they paid for that ticket and they get their full money’s worth.”
There was a private feeling around the Twins that the environment at Yankee Stadium played a role in the 101-win team floundering again in the postseason season, according to the report. Duffey described Yankees fans as hating “you for no reason, which is what you want.”
He said he learned to handle it all, enjoying that the fans didn’t like seeing him just smiling back at them and felt a power being able to just step off the rubber and hear the packed house boo. It was a learning experience for him and his teammates.
“You smile at people and they hate that,” he said.