By Andrew Russell, Global News
WATCH ABOVE: Orioles’ Adam Jones calls thrown beer can, racial slurs ‘pathetic as it gets’
Edwin Encarnacion lifted the Toronto Blue Jays past the Baltimore Orioles with a stunning walk-off home run Tuesday night, but an ugly incident in the seventh inning nvolving a thrown beer marred an otherwise thrilling game and now Toronto Police are searching for a suspect.
With the score tied 2-2 in the seventh of the AL wild-card game, Jays pinch hitter Melvin Upton Jr. flied out to left field. But as Baltimore Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim made the catch he narrowly avoided being struck in the head by a beer can.
Orioles centre-fielder Adam Jones could be seen angrily gesturing towards the crowd, and manager Buck Showalter came out of the dugout to speak with the umpire crew.
“We’re horrible. We get it. We’re the opponent. We completely understand that. But to throw something at a player that’s about as pathetic as it gets,’’ Jones told reporters following the game.
Toronto Police and Rogers Centre security say they have “very clear images” of the person responsible for throwing a can of beer at Baltimore Orioles’ Kim.
“We would strongly encourage this person to turn themselves into police,” Toronto police said in a statement. “We take this matter very seriously and we will continue to investigate until the person is apprehended.”
Toronto Police Const. Jen Sidhu called the incident “upsetting” and not a true reflection of the city or Blue Jays fans.
Toronto Mayor John Tory also expressed his disgust at the incident calling the culprit a “loon-ball.” However, he noted that the person was just one among about 50,000 fans at the Rogers Centre.
“I hope that the people sitting around that guy…point him out to somebody and just make sure he doesn’t attend anymore baseball games, and maybe he should get help,” Tory told radio station NewsTalk1010 on Wednesday. “I don’t know where they find these people.”
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Details of the incident grew uglier following the game after Jones said he was taunted with racial slurs.
“I’ve heard that so much playing baseball,” he said. “I don’t really care anymore. Call me what you want. I get it. That’s fine.”
Toronto police officers could be seen walking through the section from where the incident occurred, but a Blue Jays spokesperson said the person was not ejected as they took off before police arrived.
“Something like that should never happen. It’s the first time for me and hopefully the last,” Kim said through an interpreter.
The Toronto Blue Jays issued a formal statement on Wednesday promising tougher security measures and alcohol policies at Rogers Centre.
Statement from the Toronto Blue Jays. pic.twitter.com/Ux7xdI89H6
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 5, 2016
The Jays also apologized to the Orioles organization and vowed to help authorities identify the culprit.