Ah, the guy who threw the beer can at the Blue Jay game!
It was on the front pages of all the newspapers, as everyone was completely immersed in the Blue Jays attempt to win the AL Wild-Card Game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Center last fall.
The internet was alive with all kinds of ‘who dunnit’ theories. And, as we were all so embarrassed that a supposedly polite Canadian would do this, it actually turned into a little bit of a witch hunt.
People howled for his head and demanded a life time ban from any Blue Jay or MLB games.
The man who was actually identified by a Rogers Center security cam (in a close up photo) pleaded guilty to the charge in court and was given a conditional discharge.
As you remember, he threw a can of beer at Oriole Hyun Soo Kim as Kim attempted to make a play in the outfield in the 7th inning. He was really lucky that he didn’t get maimed.
Meet Kenneth Pagan who as it turns out has already paid a pretty heavy price.
He wasn’t just some deadbeat, he had a good job working as a sports copy editor in Hamilton for Postmedia. He did anyway. He ended up leaving that position after he surrendered to police two days after the beer throwing incident.
It may be safe to assume that this incident cost him his job.
Pagan offered an apology in court before a judge who ordered the conditional discharge. Pagen testified saying that he was a lifelong baseball fan and threw the can when his emotions got the best of him — in an exciting moment.
He apologized to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, the Baltimore Orioles organization “and especially Baltimore outfielder Hyun Soo Kim.”
I guess the Judge believed Pagan was sincere as the man stepped up and accepted full responsibility.
So the Blue Jays beer tosser gets a conditional discharge and has been banned from any and all MLB games for 1 year.
Don’t think he’ll live this one down anytime too soon.