8/13 Cubs, Victorino file complaint
The Cubs and Shane Victorino have filed a complaint against the fan who doused the Phillies center fielder with beer in the fifth inning Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. Cubs chairman Crane Kenney met with Victorino on Thursday and apologized for the fan’s behavior.
“I said, ‘Listen, we’re sorry, it shouldn’t have happened here,'” Kenney said. “‘It’s not a good reflection on our city or our organization and we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure that things are made right here.’ And [Victorino] said, ‘Listen, I know you are and I appreciate your help.'”
The Cubs do have security in the bleachers and Kenney said he wasn’t sure what other steps the team could take.
“What are you going to do?” Kenney said. “We serve beer and people sit in the bleachers. If you think about how many years we’ve gone with no issues of any kind, including situations where we had our fans in some way animated about our own players, where they weren’t favorable towards them, so this is an isolated instance. [We’ll] handle it the right way, we think, with the police.
“The Phillies have been great,” Kenney said. “We apologized to the Phillies. Shane’s been terrific about it, and he’s cooperating as we are with the [Chicago Police Department], and we’ll let them take it from here.”
A fan was immediately ushered away after the incident — Victorino was showered as he caught Jake Fox’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning — but the person apprehended was not the right one.
“It should never happen,” Kenney said. “I don’t care if we’re down 20-1. It’s not right ever and nothing excuses it. So I don’t really have a feeling about whether it’s because we were losing. It should never happen.”
The guilty fan could be charged with assault. Think about that the next time you feel like throwing your beverage on an opposing player.
“You think about it, the obvious one is he threw some beer on him,” Kenney said. “But let’s say the beer was in his eyes and he got hit in the head, and then what’s the next thing that gets thrown from the stands? It just can’t happen, for safety reasons, and because, listen, it’s not right. It’s not the kind of sportsmanship our organization tries to put on the field, and 99.9 percent of our fans would agree, that’s not the way to behave. We had one person who didn’t follow the rules.”
Cubs manager Lou Piniella apologized to Victorino after Wednesday’s game.
— Carrie Muskat