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APB out for Wrigley beer-thrower

Aug 13, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

As I mentioned in the recaps, some idiot threw a beer at Shane Victorino in the fifth inning of the Cubs-Phils game. Turned out that the fan who was detained for it, however, wasn’t the right guy, and now a dragnet is out:

The unknown fan who tossed a beer onto Philadelphia outfielder Shane
Victorino during the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game managed to
escape without getting caught.

The Cubs still hope to identify the fan and prosecute him to the
fullest extent of the law, but will need the help of other Cubs fans to
find him . . . The Cubs are working with the Chicago Police Department to try and find
the fan, and plan to release the photograph on Thursday in hopes that
someone will identify him.

Here’s hoping that this guy gets Bartman-level scorn and scrutiny from the press and the public.

  1. lar - Aug 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Walk Off Walk (and I’m sure a bunch more sites) has a good picture of the guy. Frankly, he looks a lot more likely of a suspect than the first dude. Too bad it’s the first guy whose gonna get all the gruff for a bit… he was still being shown on Sportscenter this morning (the re-play of the Los Angeles SC from last night).

  2. Steven R. - Aug 13, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    I thought the ushers/security hauled this guy off, how could they not get his name?

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    They hauled off the wrong guy (the guy they took away was mocking Victorino after the fact and many in the crowd misidentified him as the guy who threw the beer). The guy who did throw it — identified in the link Lar provides above — slipped out on his own soon after, probably because he realized he’d be in trouble.

  4. Ron - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Cards fan here…what a typical Cubs fan :) that is all.

  5. Ron - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Typical Cubs fan….way to represent your city.

  6. Angelo P. - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Maybe they should look at the footage from Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. The HD shot I saw clearly made the buffoon out. By the way, if this had happened in Philadelphia, the national media would be all over it and wrongly categorizing all Philadelphia fans for their behavior. Where are they now?

  7. Jeff from Sun Studio - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    I was watching on tv and knew they had the wrong guy right when I saw him getting hauled away – how did those on the scene get it wrong?

  8. Yankee Fan - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Yankees are in first place and they have the best record in the majors….I’ll drink to that :P

  9. Kass - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Your right about if it happening in Philly. It would have been this morning headline.

  10. Colin Thomson - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    If the situation was reversed and this incident had happened in Philadelphia, all the old stories about what bad fans Philadelphians are would have resurfaced. But it happens in the Friendly Confines and we forget about Chicago’s unruly past and chalk it up to a lone idiot. Just complaining of double standard.

  11. ecpglp - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    In a couple of places (Yahoo for one, I can’t remember where else) I’ve read that they initially hauled away the wrong guy, but returned later and got the right one. Is that incorrect?

  12. Philly John - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    As a staunch Phillies fan, I would like to acknowledge that in the Philly papers it did state that Lou Pinella apologized to the Phillies and Shane Victorino for the incident. That was the right thing to do Lou, that was class !

  13. jarmo - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    They are indeed. Perfect set up for yet another 21st century post-season fail by the pinstripes.

  14. fire566 - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    yankees Suck!!!!!

  15. chris - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    I saw the picture. It was Richard Kimball. He said “I did not throw the beer and I did not kill my wife”. Security reaponded “I don’t care”

  16. Ryan - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    According to the Cubs.com article, teh guy didn’t get away.
    It says that they initially hauled off the wrong guy, but returned to apprehend the correct one.

  17. Live near philly but NOT a fan - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    don’t think there is anything wrongly catagorized about philly fans. Any time a non philly fan is at one of your games they are bound to have a run in with multiple idiots wearin their colors on their sleeves, fists and brass knuckles. These people think it is their God given right to harrass, abuse and heckle any person they wish who does not sport the colors, including little children who happen to be walking with their mothers. You want to change the opinion of the national media, maybe have a complimentary behavior modification class during the 7th inning stretch for all “fans” during all home games for the next 25 years.
    Think I am wrong, then wear a cowboys jersey to the eagles next home game and see if your fit to reply to my post afterwards.

  18. Boston Mike - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    This is a beer? In a plastic cup? Was there ever any danger of anyone being hurt or was there a glass bottle of some sort.
    If the former, this is silly. Throw him out of the stadium but putting the police after him?
    If the latter, fine, go after him.

  19. Skidely - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Philly phans are bad fan. So shut up

  20. JG - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Got that right.

  21. Rich - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    The danger was distracting the outfielder while he was trying to catch the ball. It wouldn’t have been a nice thing to have a ball hit you in the face.
    There is no excuse for this. The Cubs were losing the game, and fans need to find better ways of taking out their frustrations.
    As for the ‘typical Cubs fan’ comments. It is a lot more typical of Philadelphia fans, some of the meanest fans in pro sports. Cheering career ending injuries and such. I don’t blame all Philadelphia sports fans, just like, it would be wrong to blame all of Chicago sports fans for this incident.

  22. phils scout - Aug 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Bad news is that Victorino got soaked. Good news is that cubs fan has been located and has been signed to replace Brad Lidge as closer.

  23. Splint Chesthair - Aug 13, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    What sort of twisted and sadistic person wears a Cowboy’s jersey to an Eagles game? Might as well wear a Klan hood in Harlem. Some things are just bad judgement.
    Course I’ve only seen the Eagles from the 700 level and never in the new stadium, maybe things have changed.

  24. Boston Mike - Aug 13, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Distracting the outfielder? That’s it? Come now, there must be more to this. It must have been a bottle or something, right? Otherwise, stop wasting the police’s time.
    Because a ball player getting soaked with beer, while it certainly should result in an ejection, is not something remotely worthy of prosecuting someone for, except possibly for fans of player’s team.

  25. JHL - Aug 13, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    What a d-bag. Look at that guy, wristband, white sunglasses, hat tipped to the side … aka “typical cubs fan.”

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