TORONTO – Toronto police say they are looking into an incident at Tuesday’s American League wild-card game that saw a fan throwing a beer can at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning.
With the score tied 2-2, pinch hitter Melvin Upton Jr. flied out to the track in left. Kim made the catch despite the can narrowly missing him as it came out of the stands behind the player.
Centre-fielder Adam Jones gestured toward the seats, and manager Buck Showalter came out to register his displeasure with the umpires for several minutes.
“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.”
Jones also said he was taunted with racial slurs.
“I’ve heard that so much playing baseball,” he said. “I don’t really care anymore. Call me what you want… I get it. That’s fine.
“But to put us in harm’s way, when all we’re doing is focusing on the game, that’s not part of baseball. Not part of any sport.”
Blue Jays spokesman Erik Grosman said the fan was not ejected because he took off before police had a chance to get him.
“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.”
The Jays went on to win 5-2.
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 baby was narrowly missed.
A Blue Jays fan also threw a drink at Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth during a game at Rogers Centre in May 2013.
Meantime, fans in the north end of the stadium beyond the outfield walls tweeted Tuesday night about seeing a meteor shower south of the stadium. Police and firefighters responded to 911 calls about a possible plane crash in the water just blocks from the ballpark.
Police spokeswoman Natasha Zver said scores of emergency personnel searched the waters, ruled out a plane crash and said they think it was a meteor.
— With files from The Canadian Press