The Republican senator from Texas attended a game between his home team, the Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Sunday. Though he shared a smiling selfie from the stadium, videos posted on social media show he was met with insults and middle fingers.
TikToker Eitan Levine posted a video in which a member of the crowd can be heard yelling, "Fuck you, you racist piece of shit!" Another shouted, "You suck, you're a disgrace!"
In a tweet, Levine called the jeering "a beautiful moment for New York." That was a sentiment shared by many on social media.
Edwards drew over a photo of Cruz waving at the crowd, showing that three people are flipping the middle finger at him, and another is giving him a thumbs down.
"Does Ted Cruz have a humiliation kink?" Edwards asked BuzzFeed News in an email.
According to a tweet from journalist Hunter Walker, Cruz left the game at the top of the sixth inning while the score was tied.
Cruz wasn't around to see his Astros completing their sweep of the Yankees to make the World Series, but given the already volatile state of the home team's fans, that might have been for the best.
A day later, Cruz appeared on The View to promote his new book. He was heckled there, as well.