Tommy Pham continues to feud with baseball fans online. A day after getting into a verbal altercation with San Diego Padres supporters, the Arizona outfielder was seen ripping into his attackers on social media.
Now, he’s taken it a step further with a threat for those that go after his family.
Pham made headlines over the weekend after getting into an argument with a group of fans near the dugout. He claimed that one onlooker called him a “piece of s—” as he took swings in the on-deck circle sparking a back and forth.
That interaction soon made its way onto Twitter, causing another reaction from the Diamondback. He says it wasn’t the only harassment he dealt with during his road trip to San Diego.
On top of his fan altercation in the first inning, Tommy Pham described another outside the team hotel:
“She was drunk. ‘F you, Tommy Pham, that’s why we got rid of you.’ I’m like, ‘Lady, I reached free agency. They didn’t get rid of me … In fact, they tried to re-sign me.'” pic.twitter.com/2Ip6akATfF
— Jesse Friedman (@JesseNFriedman) August 19, 2023
The hate from his former team’s fans seemed to fuel him as he had a great series against the Padres. In four games, Pham went 5-18 with a pair of homers, a triple, a double, and four RBIs.
One of those home runs proved to be the game winner on Sunday, and he took his victory lap after the contest.
“Silence the hate with success,” an Instagram post read as he flashed a few highlights from the weekend.
The online activity only led to more criticism, and he claims it’s now involved his family members.
Tommy Pham says fans are attacking his 13-yr old nephew online.
The outfielder had a message for those taking shots at his family on social media. He sent out a tweet Monday afternoon that read, “PSA to all fans coming at my nephew on Instagram. Leave my nephew out of this. He’s 13 years old and shocker it’s all white people. Your life must suck really bad for you to talk s— to a 13-year-old!”
Pham, again, hinted at racism being a motivation behind the attacks, something that he insinuated in his previous argument.
While the veteran continues to get berated by fans and even former teammates, he has seen a few people showing support following the incidents.
Manager Torey Lovullo said, “These [Padres] fans are awful to Tommy,” after Sunday’s game. “I don’t know the details of it. I just didn’t like what’s coming out of these fans’ mouth. It’s real, I’m not making that up. If you get near our dugout, you’d be amazed at what’s being said.”
Mets owner Steve Cohen, another team that Pham once played for, also gave his backing.
I will clear up any misperception about Tommy Pham. He was a great guy and a terrific teammate. He played his heart out as a Met
— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) August 21, 2023
Pham will look to put the controversy behind him and help the Diamondbacks reach the postseason.