Detroit Tigers Jose Valverde Denies Spitting At Fan
Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde was accused of spitting on a Baltimore Orioles fan which Valverde denies that he did. Valverde does admit at spitting in the bottom of the 8th inning but not in the direction of any fan and has his teammate and reliever Daniel Schlereth backed his claim saying it would’ve been physically impossible to spit high enough to hit them as they where perched above the bullpen. Valverde said the fan was yelling at him all game.
“This guy’s drinking and drinking, and he doesn’t know what’s going on in the game,” Valverde said. “He started doing a lot of stuff, BS. The thing is, you have to sometimes leave it alone, because they pay for that. There’s nothing you can do. He paid for the ticket. He can do whatever he wants to.”
“They’re shouting, ‘You stink, you piece of shit. And I’m tired of that. Everybody’s tired. And I tell them, ‘You know what, you want to do something? Come on. Come here.’ And he told me, fuck you. Fuck your mother.’ He talks about my mother, and I said, ‘OK. God bless you.”
A recollection of the incident, including pictures of a wad of gum on the bullpen floor that was in Valverde’s mouth when he spit, showed up on the MLBlog 2131 and Beyond, written by a fan who wrote that he witnessed the event but was not a participant.