O's Kim nearly pelted by thrown can

October 5th, 2016

TORONTO -- A fan threw a canned beverage onto the field in the seventh inning of Baltimore's 5-2 loss to Toronto in 11 innings on Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card Game, prompting immediate objections by the Orioles.

O's left fielder caught the final out of the inning, a fly ball off the bat of Melvin Upton Jr., just after the can landed near him. Kim said the can caught him by surprise and was happy that center fielder immediately came to his defense.

"I thought I had missed the ball, and I found out it was a beer can [that] was thrown perfectly at me," Kim said through a translator. "It's never happened to me before, so it was surprising. I was kind of shocked. I wanted to say something but I couldn't, but I was lucky enough to have a good teammate yell at the fan and fight for me."

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Jones was clearly angered, yelling and pointing to the stands after the play. He was equally animated when talking about the incident after the game.

"First and foremost, that's about as pathetic as it gets between the lines," Jones said. "You don't do that. I don't care how passionate you are. But to throw something at a player? That's as pathetic as it gets. I hope they find the guy, and I hope they press charges, because he's not looking, you could hit him in the back of the head. You never know what could happen. That's a full beer that's being thrown."

Baltimore catcher also believes that the fan who threw the beverage should face criminal charges, as Kim was endangered.

"It's a shame that some idiot would decide to do that," Wieters said. "There is no point in having a guy like that in the stands. I hope some sort of charges are pressed against that guy, because that was close to doing some damage."

Manager Buck Showalter, who met with the umpires after the play and didn't return to the dugout until right before the first pitch of the following inning, was more diplomatic.

"Disappointing," Showalter said. "People have a different way of handling their emotions. I don't like it. Nobody likes it. I'm sure the Toronto Blue Jays don't like it. It's tough when you have that many people in the ballpark and one person does something that reflects poorly on all of them. It can happen at any ballpark."

Blue Jays center fielder wanted to make a public service announcement on the behalf of his team, saying that while he appreciates the passion of Toronto fans, that kind of behavior can't be tolerated.

"You have to keep the stuff in the stands," Pillar said. "These are human beings, these are grown men, they have families, they have kids, no matter what the situation is, we've got to be better than that."