Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth made a running catch in which his momentum carried him into the stands in Toronto on Thursday night. Then, a classless idiot from the stands hit him with a choice beverage.
Absolutely pathetic. Thankfully, it missed McLouth. Because, especially with a can, that can hurt someone when fired from a distance.
Worth mention here is that it appears McLouth might not have caught the ball. Check out the reaction of pretty much every fan in the vicinity. It's possible the ball came out of his glove and he picked it up in a hurry for the sell job. Still, the story here is the thrown projectile.
As McLouth noted, this was just one fan, let's not blame all Blue Jays fans.
“It just kind of startled me for a second,” McLouth said (baltimoresun.com). “I'm not sure how close it landed. That's just one person doing something they shouldn't do. ... I'm not sure what happened. Somebody threw a bottle of something.”
And it sounds like that fan was ejected.
“It's unfortunate,” Showalter said (baltimoresun.com). “The umpires and the security do what they do. Unfortunately, it happens in ballparks now and then. It's one person, and you don't group the whole [crowd]. They got rid of him ... They did what they were supposed to do, and we moved on."
It could have been a lot more unfortunate if the idiot fan had better aim. As things stand, McLouth made a great play and then dodged a bullet.