Boston police arrested a man yesterday accused of hitting someone with a can of beer thrown during the parade celebrating the World Series-winning Red Sox.
Police say 19-year-old Patrick Connolly, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. They say it struck but didn't injure an unidentified man aboard one of the amphibious duck boats carrying players and their families in Wednesday's parade.
It wasn't immediately clear if the beer can Connolly allegedly threw was the same can that hit and damaged a World Series trophy, or if the man it hit was a ballplayer.
During the New England Patriots championship parade in Boston in 2017, some players—including Rob Gronkowski—caught beers thrown by fans and drank them. But a number of Red Sox players did not seem happy about the beer tossing.
Photos and video on social media showed one beer can hitting manager Alex Cora, and two others almost hitting MVP candidate Mookie Betts. Neither was seriously injured.
Connolly told the arresting officers, according to the Boston Globe: "I love Cora. I didn't mean to hit him.''
"This definitely has got to stop," Betts told the Globe. The outfielder caught several cans and swatted away several others. Betts' family, including his mother, was on the duck boat.
Pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel and infielders Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts were among players who snared beers thrown their way, and David Price caught a nip-sized bottle.