Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams shoves Reds fan after catch in foul territory

Fan returns with antagonizing gesture

(WCPO) - CINCINNATI -- St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams shoved a Cincinnati Reds fan after a missed catch in foul territory during Thursday's game, and the incident caught on camera was followed by an equally abrasive response from the fan.

Fan Chris Smith hails from Colerain Township, and sat along the first base line after a four-hour rain delay to watch the Redlegs ultimately lose to the Cards, 7-6.

In the third inning, the Reds were at bat with two outs and Chris Heisey hit a pop up foul that went in Smith's direction.

Smith reached up into the air with his glove just as Adams did, and Smith came out with the catch. Adams proceeded to shove Smith, seemingly frustrated that he would have had a chance to catch the ball were it not for the enthusiastic fan. The Reds fan responded to the shove with an antagonizing gesture of his own that aired during the Reds game broadcast.

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Our sister station WCPO caught up with Smith after the game.

"Pop up down the first baseline, and Matt Adams came over and tried to make a play on it," Smith said. "I stood my ground and in my seat ... he reached over, grabbed the ball and gave me a little shove."

"I was trying to stop myself from going into the stands," Adams said. "People came up to me and said I shoved him. I didn't even know. I'm not that type of guy to go after anybody."

The overwhelming sound of "boos" typically arise at GABP when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina comes up to bat, but Adams may have just taken some of the heat.

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