On Tuesday night in Toronto, the Blue Jays won an incredible one-game Wildcard playoff by the final score of 5-2 over the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. The Jays had solid pitching, great defense and 3-run walkoff homerun by Edwin Encarnacion, advancing them to the next round of the MLB Postseason.
However, it was not all joy in T.O. One Blue Jays fan threw a near filled beer can towards Baltimore near Hyun Soo Kim in the 7th inning while trying to catch a fly ball. The can landed within a few feet of Kim, fortunately avoiding injury. Police say that the fan left the stadium before the police arrived in the section.
Early Wednesday, Toronto Police went to the media and tweeted out a message encouraging the fan to turn themselves in. They also claimed to have photos. The alleged beer thrower did not do so, eventually leading to the picture of the suspect being released on Wednesday night.
The Toronto Sun newspaper is offering $1000 dollars to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest. Jimmy’s Seafood restaurant in Baltimore tweeted a message offering “$1,000 cash and two dozen crabcakes for anyone who snitches the guy out.” There’s a even a Go Fund Me page raising money for a reward.
Fans for the most part on both sides of the border are in agreement that people like this have no place in the stands at a sporting event. Come correct or don’t come at all.
UPDATE 11:15 PM: In a strange twist to this story, the alleged beer can thrower has been identified. (See tweets below). He reportedly spoke to police and made arrangements to turn himself in and he has NOT been charged. CLICK HERE for more details.
This story is ongoing.