Fans threw Skittles at Happ during Cubs-Twins game


Maybe they just wanted Cubs outfielder Ian Happ to taste the rainbow.

A group of candy-throwing fans targeted Happ during Wednesday's game against the Twins. 

During a radio appearance Thursday on 670 The Score's "Bernstein and Rahimi," Happ said a group of fans in the left field bleachers hit him with Skittles.

“I got hit yesterday with a flying object," Happ told Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi. "It was actually a Skittle from the left-field stands at Target Field. It felt like I got shot by an airsoft gun.

"I was so mad. I turned around. I was just livid. There was a group of [fans in their 20s]. Just scum. 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 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 informed an usher of the situation but the fans moved seats before they could be caught.

Some stadiums have been notorious for throwing objects at outfielders. Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner were targeted by batteries and coins during the 1995 ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

Earlier this season, Alex Verdugo was hit by a baseball from the bleachers during a Red Sox-Yankees game in New York.


Unruly fan behavior has not been limited to baseball since spectators returned to the seats this season. The NBA Playoffs saw several inappropriate fan moments targeting players. 

"Ninety-five percent of the fans or more are great," Happ said. "There's a few individuals at every game that ruin it for people."

Happ offered his appreciation to Cubs fans for their continued support of him this season despite his struggles.

"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.

"I can’t really express how much it means to me when I’m in left field and there’s a group of supportive, upbeat, enjoyable individuals who are there taking in the game.”

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