The Rogers Centre hosted Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card game between the Orioles and Blue Jays. During the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, pinch-hitter Melvin Upton, Jr. hit a fly ball to left-center field. Left fielder Hyun Soo Kim camped under the ball and, as the ball dropped into his glove, a Blue Jays fan threw a can of beer in an attempt to interfere with Kim. It didn’t work, but it was still upsetting to Kim and center fielder Adam Jones, who pointed and yelled — ostensibly at the fan who threw the can. Had Kim not been able to catch the ball, Upton likely still would have been called out according to rule 3.16.
In between innings, security descended on the area, trying to find the culprit. Meanwhile, manager Buck Showalter discussed the issue with the umpires. The game went on without any further interruptions and the Blue Jays would wind up walking off 5-2 winners thanks to an Edwin Encarnacion three-run home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez.
On Wednesday, the Blue Jays released a statement about the beer can incident:
In case the above tweet doesn’t load, the statement reads:
The Toronto Blue Jays would like to express our extreme disappointment for the incident that occurred during last night’s American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre involving an object being thrown onto the field of play.
Throughout this season, we have witnessed an incredible level of fan engagement, with a passionate and loyal fan base that extends across Canada. On the heels of one of the most competitive and exhilarating baseball games in our club’s history, it is extremely unfortunate that the irresponsible actions of one individual would detract from the game on the field, and tarnish an otherwise memorable night.
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.
The safety of our fans, staff, players and visiting teams is paramount. We’re cooperating with the authorities to identify the individual involved, and the individual responsible is not welcome back to the stadium. We will also enact heightened security measures and alcohol policies that will ensure the fan experience and safety of everybody involved.
We hope the focus will remain on the exciting play on the field, and that our fans will express their passionate support for the Blue Jays while demonstrating a level of respect and responsibility that has made Rogers Centre one of the best atmospheres for families and fans of baseball.
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