(670 The Score) While playing left field for the Cubs in their 3-0 win against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Wednesday evening, Ian Happ was hit with a Skittle thrown by a fan, a development that didn’t sit well with him.
“I got hit yesterday with a flying object – it was actually a Skittle from the left-field stands at Target Field,” Happ said on the Bernstein & Rahimi Show on Thursday. “I felt like I got shot by like an air-soft gun. I was so mad. I turned around. I was just livid. There was a group of (individuals in their 20s), just scum. And they were throwing Skittles at me in the middle of the game. You’re like, how does this (happen)? You can’t do anything. You can’t run up there and go give them a talking to. Little things like that as a player, when you’re trying to compete on the field and entertain, it’s tough.”
Happ asked an usher to address the matter, but the group saw it coming and moved seats, he said.
“They were one step ahead,” Happ said.
While unhappy about this incident, Happ added he’s really appreciative of the fans, pointing out 95% or more of them behave really well and a select “few” ruin the experience for others. Happ also wanted to thank Cubs fans for all the support they’ve given him in what has been a subpar season for him and the team.
“I really want to make a big point of this – the amount of support that I’ve gotten throughout the season, through struggles, through difficult times from both an individual and a team standpoint, the amount of support I’ve gotten from fans in the stands around Wrigley has been absolutely phenomenal,” Happ said. “I can’t really express how much it means to me when I’m in left field and there’s a group supportive of me, enjoyable individuals who are there taking in the game.”