In the seventh inning of Tuesday’s American League Wild Card game between the Blue Jays and Orioles, a fan threw a beer can at outfielder Hyun Soo Kim in an attempt to interfere with a fly ball catch attempt. It didn’t work, as Kim still caught Melvin Upton, Jr.’s fly ball for the final out of the inning, but the incident sparked immediate outrage.
In the aftermath, the Toronto Police sent out a picture identifying Postmedia journalist Ken Pagan as a suspect. Pagan denied being the can-thrower, as the Toronto Sun reported. Pagan said, “I was drinking out of a cup.” This Twitter photo seems to back that up. Of course, one can both drink out of a cup and a can so the image doesn’t necessarily exonerate him.
The Toronto Police have officially charged Pagan with mischief as announced in a news release on Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 24 at 11 AM EDT.
The Blue Jays apologized to the Orioles for the incident in a statement released on Wednesday.