CHICAGO -- Baltimore manager Dave Trembley issued a fair warning to any spectator who decides to leap onto the field Friday, one day after two fans interrupted Thursday night's 8-7 win over Seattle. Trembley was irritated that the fans drew attention to themselves in the ninth inning and that they ran up behind left fielder Jay Payton, who was standing unaware.
The two fans were eventually escorted off the field and through Baltimore's dugout, and Trembley stood on the top step and berated them as they left. On Friday, he explained exactly what he thought about the situation.
"That's embarrassing to baseball. It wasn't baseball," Trembley said. "I am a big proponent of respect and that's probably the epitome of disrespect when two idiots run out on the field like that. And what really bothered me is that they come up from behind two of my players, which ought to tell you a little about their backbone. Weak. Very weak."
Trembley went on to say that the fans were lucky that nobody on the field -- except the security guards -- took the matter into their own hands. He said that if things had been different, the situation could've had an ugly resolution.
"I wish I could have taken them in the back room," he said. "I would have kicked the snot out of both of them. I'm serious. You think I'm kidding you. I don't have any patience for disrespect. These guys bust their [rear] out there every night, and for two lunatics to come out there like that -- who do they think they are? Turn them over to us one time. I'll show them where the other side of the fence is. I believe in respect and common courtesy. Those two idiots last night did not show any of that."
Payton, who had homered and scored twice, said that he was initially surprised by the two fans on the field. He also said that he wasn't cowed or threatened by their presence and that he actually exercised self-restraint.
"If the guy would have bumped me or ran into me, then yeah, it could have gotten real ugly," he said. "And it would have been even uglier for him because our bullpen was right there. He just waved his hands up in the air behind me. Once I realized he was there, he was already by me. He didn't do anything to me, so it wasn't like I was going to chase him down or something."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.