Most have seen the altercation that happened between Angels' third baseman and a fan on Thursday. He will serve his four-game suspension that began last night in the opener of a three-game set vs the Mariners at T-Mobile Park.
The Angels lost 2-1 against the A's on Thursday and as Rendon was heading back to the locker room, social media flooded in with video footage of Rendon and the fan having a conversation that lead to Rendon's altercation.
The suspension was originally for five-games, however, Rendon appealed and was dropped to four-games. Rendon spoke out about the altercation, stating, “It sucked,” ; “My emotions got the best of me. I'm usually pretty good about interacting with fans… have fun with it. But the gentleman, and I, we spoke on the phone, and we both apologized about what had happened. And so we're both ready to move forward.” Rendon added, “I can’t be mad, right?” he said. “I’m a fan of other sports.”
Angels Manager Phil Nevin also spoke on the situation. “He's remorseful for everything that happened,” ; “This doesn’t at all change how I feel about him as a person... He's a great leader on our team and he has accepted responsibility as a good leader.”
(Quotes via Doug Miller of MLB.com)
Rendon understands the situation and is remorseful of his actions. Rendon is set to make his return on Saturday when the Angels take on the Blue Jays, a day after the Angels home opener.