Adams maintains contact with fan was incidental
PITTSBURGH -- A day after he made contact with a fan while coming out of the stands on a missed catch, Matt Adams said he had not heard from Major League Baseball about potential disciplinary action stemming from the incident. Adams also said again that he did not intentionally shove a fan who made the catch on a foul ball he was chasing.
"It's going back to what I said last night -- I was just trying to get back to my feet to regain balance so I don't go into the stands," Adams said on Friday afternoon. "The video may look otherwise, but that's not the way it went.
"That would be the wrong thing for people to think. I've said it before that that's not who I am. I go about my business in a quiet manner, get my work done, respect my teammates, respect the coaching staff, respect other players. I respect people the way I want to be respected."
Plenty of people have looked at the video, as it has been widely circulated on the Internet and been replayed on national networks. It shows Adams leaning into the Great American Ball Park stands as he tried to reach Chris Heisey's foul ball and then pushing a fan with his glove as he pulled himself back up.
He returned to first base without turning back to the fan or saying anything to him. The fan made an obscene gesture, and he was one of several in the section to then yell at Adams.
"That whole section was kind of cursing at me when I turned around and went back," Adams said. "I figured Cincy is a rowdy place, and it was two good teams going at it. Whether that situation happened or not, I think anybody is going to hear it from the fans. That's something I don't worry about."
Manager Mike Matheny said he did not see the contact in real time, nor did he feel the need to review video of the incident. He added that he was "extremely surprised" by the attention that all this has received.
"Obviously, I still understand where this is going," Matheny said. "But it would have seemed like in regular motion, you would have seen if he would have violently gone after somebody. And it didn't look like somebody at all. I understand the position we all need to take is we're not in the business of making a movement toward fans. That just didn't seem like one to start using as an example."