Posted May 24, 2013

Watch: Toronto fan’s despicable reaction to Nate McLouth’s excellent catch

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Blue Jays fans didn’t think McLouth held onto the ball after falling into the stands. (Getty Images)

In the bottom of the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game between the Orioles and Blue Jays in Toronto, Baltimore leftfielder Nate McLouth made a nice running catch on a ball hit by Colby Rasmus that was tailing foul down the leftfield line. McLouth caught the ball just as he was crossing into foul territory, and his momentum carried him over the retaining wall and into the stands. McLouth was unhurt (he was fortunate enough to be heading right toward an aisle), but after he came back onto the field and Rasmus was ruled out, a fan in the upper deck threw what looked like a full can of beer at McLouth. Thankfully, the can missed McLouth. Here’s the footage:

The fan who threw the beer was identified and ejected, but I’ve seen no indication that he was charged with endangerment, which I believe he should have been. A full can of beer thrown from a significant height can cause serious injury. You can’t prevent people from being idiots, but you can throw the book at the ones you catch. Meanwhile, this is hardly the first time a player has been doused with beer by an opposing fan.

7 comments
WhereIsTony
WhereIsTony

Jamie Campbell also tweeted he would say McLouth dropped it no matter what he saw.

IanCarey
IanCarey

How do you write an article on this and not mention that McLouth dropped the ball and then pretended like he held onto it the whole time? That's a loser move from a loser player

tomy12
tomy12

not saying the fan's action was justified, but Nate Mclouth dropped the ball when he was in the stand and he picked up the ball and put it back into his gloves, it was confirmed by Jamie Campbell from the Blue Jays commentor as well as the fans near it. 

DeeEmm1
DeeEmm1

@IanCarey That's what you're supposed to do. It's no different than trying to trap a ball that lands right underneath your glove and pretending you caught it. Get over yourself, dude was trying to make a play for his team.

heat_wave1
heat_wave1

@John NoLastName @tomy12 actually it is relevant considering the article is boasting about how great of a catch McLouth made when they guy actually drops the ball and cheats. If that was somewhere else he would have had alot more than a cup of beer thrown on him.