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Friday, May 24, 2013

Fox Sports: McLouth catch earns thrown beverage

What a waste of damn fine Canadian beer.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, McLouth chased down a fly ball towards the left-field foul line off the bat of Cobly Rasmus. McLouth caught the ball, but his momentum carried him into the stands.

After disappearing into the (not-so filled) seats, an uninjured McLouth stood up and showed umpire Manny Gonzalez that the ball was still in his glove. Some Toronto fans claimed the nine-year veteran didn’t hold onto the ball, but Gonzalez ruled it an out.

Then things turned ugly — and embarrassing to real baseball fans — as someone in the second deck of the Rogers Centre threw a beverage at McLouth. Fortunately for McLouth, and the idiot in the second deck, the drink missed.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 24, 2013 at 08:32 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: beer, blue jays, fans, orioles

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   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: May 24, 2013 at 01:54 PM (#4451433)
Reminds me of Madeleine Albright.
   2. Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone Posted: May 24, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4451453)
Whatever was in a cup served in the Rogers Center, damn fine Canadian beer it was not.
   3. Greg K Posted: May 24, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4451494)
Is it just me, or have the last six "fan(s) is(are) an embarrassment" stories happened in Toronto?

I haven't been to a game in a couple years...have things really gone downhill that much?

   4. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 24, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4451509)
I would think that Blue Jay fans are a surly lot right now. Obviously the team has massively underachieved so far and unhappy fans+booze=uh oh. These incidents are generally pretty isolated things but add in what I assume was increased ticket sales due to pre-season excitement and you've got pissed off drunk people and more of them to boot. The idea that one of those people might be a jackass isn't a reach.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4451519)
From the replay, it looks like McLouth voluntarily lurched further into the stands after he'd more or less come to rest, as if he was reaching for a ball that slipped from his glove. Multiple fans were simultaneously signaling "no catch", which I can't remember seeing before, which leads me to think he probably didn't hold onto the ball. That wouldn't justify throwing beer on him, of course, but I suspect that was the motivation. Can't be sure, and the umpire was way late getting out there, although he wouldn't have had a better view unless he arrived at the same time as McLouth and peered over the wall. A well-positioned replay camera would come in handy for such calls.
   6. Ron J2 Posted: May 24, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4451520)
#3 I was at the Penguins-Ottawa game (game 4). After Pittsburgh jumped way out in front some of the Penguin fans in attendance started taunting the home crowd. Some of whom responded by throwing beer at one particularly obnoxious guy.

Unfortunately they ended up hitting my sister. Stadium security tried to find the people throwing the beer. My sister was more interested in the guys instigating things than the clowns responding.

   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 24, 2013 at 05:42 PM (#4451626)
One of the analysis/intermission/booth guys for SportsNet (Jamie Campbell) had a bird's-eye view of the play (as his desk with Greg Zaun is right above that spot) and he said that McLouth dropped the ball and then reached forward to pick it up with his glove before standing up to show the ump.
   8. KT's Pot Arb Posted: May 24, 2013 at 06:24 PM (#4451650)
McLouth did his job.

The fan in the second deck did not.

McLouth FTW.
   9. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: May 24, 2013 at 07:28 PM (#4451678)
Heavens, he almost got hit with BEER.

What was it, in an unopened can?
   10. depletion Posted: May 24, 2013 at 08:37 PM (#4451718)
#9. Joe, throwing objects, even if they're relatively soft (plastic cup) cannot be tolerated in a crowd. If a thrown paper cup is allowed, then a thrown plastic cup is allowed, and it works its way up from there. Plus it's an incitement to fight. In Maryland, throwing a cup of water on someone is 2nd degree misdemeanor assault, anyway. In the '80's I went to lots of hard rock'n'roll shows: slam dancing, mosh pits, stage diving, but thrown objects were always strictly prohibited, and people generally abided by it.
It's also a freaking cowardly-ass, p**** way of getting at someone. 1985 Cards at Shea Stadium after a rain delay I saw a woman maybe 60 years old, getting booed because of her Cards hat. She proudly pointed to the hat and held up an index finger ("we're No. 1"). At which point several losers started throwing their beer or soda cups at her. I've never been so embarrassed to be a Mets fan. They should put those guys picture in the dictionary next to "loser".
   11. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 24, 2013 at 09:00 PM (#4451733)
and people wonder why a beer vendor keeps the cap when selling a plastic 16 oz bottle, or pouring and keeping the empty can.
   12. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: May 24, 2013 at 09:16 PM (#4451746)
It was a (large) can. Looked mostly full.
   13. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 24, 2013 at 09:42 PM (#4451760)
as a former vendor I do recall a weekend game where I saw a fan managed to smuggle an entire case of beer (cans) into the 3rd base general admission area at County Stadium. Today that wouldn't happen, but a can or two is still concealable.
   14. rlc Posted: May 25, 2013 at 05:08 AM (#4451896)
Tonight a fan threw his toque at Mark DeRosa as he was in the process of catching a pop-up near the stands. Seems kind of hostile, but maybe the fan thought DeRosa's head was cold.
   15. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: May 25, 2013 at 09:00 AM (#4451926)
I wasn't saying that fans throwing things was OK. (I don't even 'boo' at games.)

I was just responding to the "fortunately, McLouth wasn't hit" line.

Petunia says it was a can, so, ok, I, too, am glad he wasn't hit.

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