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The Wrigley beer-tosser turns himself in

Aug 14, 2009, 8:22 AM EDT

His name is John Macchione, and he turned himself in after yesterday’s game.  Police charged him with one count of battery and one count of illegal conduct within a sports facility.  Based on his statement to the media as he left the police station, I’m guessing he’s not going to fight the charges very hard: “Chicago Cubs, I’m sorry I disgraced you.” He apologized to Victorino and offered a general “I’m sorry.” 

Not that they’re the most serious charges ever. In fact, they’re pretty small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. Heck if cops wanted to go totally crazy, they could have charged Kevin Youkilis with more than that for throwing his helmet and then tackling Porcello the other night. Certainly the penalty this Macchione guy gets for it is dwarfed by all of the public condemnation he’s getting.  Especially in light of Victorino’s comments: “You know what, the guy just might have thought it was fun. It is what
it is. He didn’t accost me in any way. He didn’t hurt me in any way. It
was part of the ballgame.”

  1. robert Dimond - Aug 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    I used to sit in those bleachers at Wrigley Field. It is a pretty rowdy crowd that gathers there daily, but they are usually respectful of the game and its players. I think Mr. Macchione just got carried away with the moment, perhaps aided by a few of the brews that he did not toss away, and is not a horrible person. I’m pretty sure he is totally embarrassed — humiliated — for himself, the Cubs, his family and his town. I don’t think that there is any need for any further action, unless it’s a $50 fine, which I’m sure he would be happy to pay to end the matter. I don’t think there will be any more beer throwers for quite awhile.

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