Fan ejected from Phillies game blames dugout; Kapler says it wasn't his request

Eric Rohlfing says Red Sox security apologized for the mistake.

Tim Jimenez
August 01, 2018 - 10:23 am
The Philadelphia Phillies snap their fingers as a run scores against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Fenway Park.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Phillies fan who made his way to Boston to see his team take on the Red Sox says he was ejected from a game this week. He believed the request came directly from Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, but the Phillies say that wasn't the case. 

Eric Rohlfing of Willow Grove was at Fenway Park on Monday night. He told 94 WIP SportsRadio that, as Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was set to leave the dugout and go back out to the field, he left his seats, moved closer to the field, and yelled "Odubel, wake up!" Rohlfing was not happy about an earlier baserunning blunder. 

"I didn't use any language," Rohlfing said. "I'm not even drinking."

Moments later, Rohlfing says, security came over and told him the manager wanted him out.

"Guy in the white shirt said, 'That's it, I can't do anything for you. Major League rule. That's considered fan interference. You're outta here,'" Rohlfing recalled. "I was like: 'Wait a second!'"

WIP's Angelo Cataldi said Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler texted him to say he didn't know the fan was ejected and he did not talk to security. The Phillies say the request from the dugout was that Rohlfing be moved to another area in the stands, not that he be removed from the stadium. 

Rohlfing says a Red Sox security official apologized, saying it was a mistake to kick him out. 

"'Someone from the dugout wanted you out of there, and we just went with it,' he goes, 'but we dropped the ball. You should have never been kicked out,'" Rohlfing recalled.

Kevin Gregg, the Red Sox vice president of media relations, confirmed that Mark Cacciatore, the team's assistant director of security, contacted Rohlfing directly to apologize and offer him tickets to sit on top of the green monster at Fenway Park on Tuesday night's game. 

"Mark spoke with the fan and offered tickets to last night's game in a gesture to make our mistake right," Gregg said in an email. 

Rohlfing told WIP that he turned down the tickets because of previous plans but said the offer would stand for a future game.