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Unruly Fans and Baseball

The Dodgers had yesterday off, but I wanted to take a moment and write a quick post about what happened to Shane Victorino of the Phillies during a game at Wrigley Field. For those of you who haven’t heard, a Cubs fan threw a beer, cup and all, at Victorino as he was catching a long fly by Jake Fox.

The fan initially escaped as security grabbed the wrong guy, but has since turned himself in. Victorino filed a complaint with the police before the 21-year-old perpetrator finally did the right thing. I’m not using his name because the guy doesn’t deserve any fame for his stupidity.

The Cubs apologized to Victorino on behalf of the entire organization and fans, and Victorino has been really gracious about the whole thing.

These incidents are rare, but they do happen. If the Cubs didn’t sell beer the guy probably would’ve thrown a soft-drink or something else. Security was on the area (but the wrong guy) quickly. There really isn’t anything else that the Cubs organization could’ve done to prevent this from happening.

These rare incidents also aren’t new. Somebody threw a whole chair at Roger Maris when he was in the home run race with Micky Mantle. He thankfully missed.

Whether these losers are throwing cups or furniture or syringes (at Barry Bonds) at players or yelling obscenities at rival fans, they ruin the game for everyone. Grow up people. It’s a game.