Hey, who’s everyone looking at?
Toronto police think that they’ve identified the dude who threw a beer can at a player on Monday during the AL Wild Card game. Ken Pagan, a sports copy editor who works for Postmedia, has made arrangements with police to turn himself in. Photos released by the police seem to indicate that he may be the one who chucked a can of beer at Orioles’ outfielder Hyun Soo Kim … and, well, that’s Pagan in the middle of the photo there, looking especially guilty, as all eyes seem to be on him.
Pagan, however, claims he’s innocent: then clammed up on advise of his lawyer, Frank Genesee. Toronto Sun:
“I was drinking out of a cup,” Pagan told Postmedia, and suggested Twitter photos that show him after the can was tossed clearly indicate he had a cup in his hand. “I’d love to tell you what happened and my story … but I can’t say anything.”
Pagan, who was off work Tuesday night, has “been identified as possibly the person who did this,” Genesee said. “All I can say now is he’s going to co-operate fully with the investigation.”
After Jays DH Melvin Upton Jr. hit deep to the outfield, Hyun Soo Kim caught the ball when a beer can flew out of the stands from the 100 Level outfield seats and narrowly missed him.
This is a big deal in Toronto, and all of Canada, it seems. The country’s genteel reputation is at stake, and even Toronto mayor John Tory has had a press conference on the subject, asking for the perpetrator to turn himself in.
One Twitter commenter called it “Canada’s grassy knoll.” The Sun offered a $1,000 reward for anyone who could identify the thrower, and a restaurant owner did the same.
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The Blue Jays issued an official apology to the Orioles, and all of Toronto is saying that it’s a rogue incident that’s not representative of Blue Jays fans.
So I guess that we’re supposed to forget last season’s ALDS, in which Jays’ fans filled the field with trash when a call was reversed in the game against the Rangers. As one can see, several beer cans were among the debris.
Don’t act all innocent, Toronto. You’re the city who elected Rob Ford as your mayor.