Toronto fan: Sorry about the beer can, Bal­ti­more

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Rick Ro­main, Toronto, Canada

I am a Toronto res­i­dent and die-hard Blue Jays fan. That be­ing said, there is ab­so­lutely no room or ex­cuse in any game for a fan to throw any­thing onto the play­ing area, be it in base­ball, hockey, football or any other sport. What oc­curred dur­ing the wild-card game be­tween your Ori­oles and our Blue Jays at the Rogers Cen­tre when a so-called fan threw a large can of beer onto the field, nar­rowly miss­ing a player, is to­tally un­ac­cept­able (“Toronto po­lice ask Blue Jays fan who threw beer to ‘turn your­self in,’” Oct. 5).

I wish to apol­o­gize on be­half of my city and the great fans we have in all sports for the goon who threw this can dur­ing what was an ex­cep­tion­ally ex­cit­ing game. Out of 50,000 fans, it only took one to ruin the mood and en­joy­ment of this great game. No player should have to be con­cerned with ob­jects be­ing thrown at them while en­gaged in play­ing any sport. This was a no-class ges­ture, and it re­flects badly on an oth­er­wise great city with pas­sion­ate fans.

Toron­to­ni­ans are kind and con­sid­er­ate peo­ple, and this in­ci­dent in no way re­flects who we are. Even Toronto Mayor John Tory was in­censed over this mat­ter, and he spoke pub­licly con­demn­ing the ac­tions of this can-throw­ing per­son, hop­ing that the po­lice will be able to iden­tify the re­spon­si­ble party and have him or her charged crim­i­nally.

To the en­tire Bal­ti­more Ori­oles or­ga­ni­za­tion with its classy man­ager Buck Showal­ter and to the city of Bal­ti­more, please ac­cept my sin­cere apol­ogy and hope that this never oc­curs again.

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