Beer hazard: Soaked Victorino snares fly
Phillies center fielder hit with cup of brew as ball arrives
CHICAGO -- Shane Victorino once said Wrigley Field is the toughest place to play center field.
He said that because of the way the sun shines into a fielder's eyes during day games. But Victorino experienced another hazard of outfield play at Wrigley in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 12-5 victory over the Cubs.
As he caught a fly ball at the warning track in left-center field, a Cubs fan threw a full beer on him.
Victorino caught the ball.
He also got soaked.
"It was a beer, so let's not talk about it," Victorino said. "Let's talk about baseball."
But while Victorino didn't want to talk about it, his teammates certainly kidded him about it. Victorino even watched the play on replay, remarking at the incredible timing of the ball landing in his glove and the beer hitting him at the exact same time.
Had Victorino dropped the ball, fan interference would have been called and Jake Fox would have been ruled out.
"That shouldn't happen," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "It's not good sportsmanship and it's not good behavior. We apologize to Victorino and the Phillies for that."
Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano said he hoped Phillies fans don't retaliate the next time he is at Citizens Bank Park.
"If I play in Philadelphia and some fan does that to me, I'm not going to be happy," Soriano said.
It appeared security initially dragged the wrong fan from the bleachers, but returned later to get the right one.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.