Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was confronted by two fans who stormed the field in the middle of the field

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was confronted by two enthusiastic fans storming Denver’s Coors Field during Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.

Video footage from the game you can see a fan hugging Acuña in the field and appearing to be trying to take a picture. A guard dressed in black ran over and tried to pull the fan away.

Two other guards appeared, one grabbed the fan’s legs and the other his arm, but the fan held Acuña tight.

Another enthusiastic fan then entered the pitch and jumped towards Acuña, only to be body-slammed to the ground by guards. During the action, Acuña fell backwards and got up on his own.

Some fellow baseball players ran to Acuña’s aid and the guards escorted the fans off the field, but one did not voluntarily go. One fan calmly allowed security to distract him from the field, but the other continued to wave, kick and wave his hands to get the 25-year-old star athlete’s attention and had to be carried away by three guards.

The scuffle took place in the bottom of the seventh inning after Atlanta broke open a close game with four runs in the top of the frame.

Hailing from Venezuela and making his Major League Baseball debut in 2018, Acuña is a favorite for the league’s MVP award this season.

“I was a little scared at first,” Acuña told reporters through an interpreter after the game. “I think the fans were there asking for a photo. But security was able to get there and so I think everything is fine, everyone is fine.”

The Braves eventually defeated the Rockies 14–4, and Acuña appeared uninjured in the incident.

Cameras caught him smiling and giving a thumbs up to concerned teammates.

“You don’t want to see that happen, I know that,” Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters after the game. “You don’t know what they’ll do when they get out there. It’s a scary situation.”

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