BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP)-– Authorities in Toronto are urging the fan who tossed a beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to turn themselves into police.
During the seventh inning of Tuesday’s AL wild card game, with the score tied 2-2, pinch hitter Melvin Upton Jr. flied out to the track in left. Kim made the catch despite the beer can narrowly missing him as it came out of the stands behind him.
Center fielder Adam Jones gestured toward the seats, and manager Buck Showalter came out to register his displeasure with the umpires.
“That is about as pathetic as it gets. You don’t do that. Yell, cuss or scream,” Jones said. “I hope they find the guy and press charges. … That’s not a part of baseball. Throw an octopus, throw hats.”
Toronto Police say they are investigating and they have photos.
Blue Jays spokesman Erik Grosman said the fan was not ejected because he took off before police had a chance to get him. Police are investigating.
“Something like that should never happen. It’s the first time for me and hopefully the last,” Kim said through an interpreter.
Showalter said he just wanted the person identified and thrown out.
“It’s tough when you have many people in the ballpark and one person does something that reflects poorly on all of them,” he said. “We’re fortunate and lucky that somebody didn’t get hit.”
Blue Jays fans tossed bottles and debris on the field during Game 5 of last year’s AL Division Series against Texas, upset by the call that let Rougned Odor score from third after catcher Russell Martin’s throw back to the mound deflected off Shin Soo Choo’s bat.
A Blue Jays fan threw a drink at Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth during a game at Rogers Centre in May 2013.
But the police aren’t the only ones looking for the beer tosser–the Toronto Sun says they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading of the person involved.
“We’d be very interested in talking to anyone who can identify the ‘loon ball,’ as our Mayor suggests, who chucked a beer can onto the ball field and gave our city a nasty black eye,” said James Wallace, vice president, editorial Suns.
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore says they too will offer $1,000 to “anyone who snitches this guy out.”
The seafood restaurant is even sweetening the deal by adding 24 crab cakes to their reward offer.
The Toronto Blue Jays expressed their extreme disappointment saying in a statement: ” We would like to offer our sincere apologies and regrets to the entire Baltimore Orioles organization, its manager and players, as well as Major League Baseball for this embarrassing incident.”
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