ROB GILLIES, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — A fan threw a can at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-2 win in Tuesday’s AL wild card game.
With the score tied 2-2, pinch hitter Melvin Upton Jr. flied out to the track in left. Kim made the catch despite the can narrowly missing him as it came out of the stands behind him.
Center fielder Adam Jones gestured toward the seats, and manager Buck Showalter came out to register his displeasure with the umpires for several minutes.
“That is about as pathetic as it gets. You don’t do that. Yell, cuss or scream,” Jones said. “I hope they find the guy and press charges. … That’s not a part of baseball. Throw an octopus, throw hats.”
Blue Jays spokesman Erik Grosman said the fan was not ejected because he took off before police had a chance to get him. Police are investigating.
“Something like that should never happen. It’s the first time for me and hopefully the last,” Kim said through an interpreter.
Showalter said he just wanted the person identified and thrown out.
“It’s tough when you have many people in the ballpark and one person does something that reflects poorly on all of them,” he said. “We’re fortunate and lucky that somebody didn’t get hit.”
Blue Jays fans tossed bottles and debris on the field during Game 5 of last year’s AL Division Series against Texas, upset by the call that let Rougned Odor score from third after catcher Russell Martin’s throw back to the mound deflected off Shin Soo Choo’s bat. A baby was narrowly missed.
A Blue Jays fan also threw a drink at Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth during a game at Rogers Centre in May 2013.
Fans in the north end of the stadium beyond the outfield walls tweeted Tuesday night about seeing a meteor shower south of the stadium. Police and firefighters responded to 911 calls about a possible plane crash in the water just blocks from the ballpark.
Police spokeswoman Natasha Zver said scores of emergency personnel searched the waters, ruled out a plane crash and said they think it was a meteor.
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