Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino filed a police report on Thursday, one day after fielding a fly ball at Wrigley Field, as well as a beer shower from a Chicago Cubs fan who was sitting in the bleachers above him.
The incident is being investigating as a ``simple battery,'' police spokesman Michael Fitzpatrick said. Victorino still managed to make the catch, and Cubs' management apologized to him Thursday.
Victorino was on the warning track and in front of the ivy-covered wall, set to catch a sacrifice fly by Jake Fox in the fifth inning, when the cup of beer came flying out of the bleachers and went all over him.
According to local media reports, security personnel questioned a man who was taunting Victorino while the fan that actually threw the beer got away. The Phillies went on to drub the Cubs 12-5.
Not that throwing a beer at a player should ever be acceptable, but Chicago fans have plenty to be disgusted about during the Cubs’ recent skid. The club has lost five in a row and is now 4.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central division.
The Phillies, meanwhile, have won three straight and now hold a commanding five game lead over the Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction currently list the Phillies at 5/1 to win the 2009 World Series and 3/1 to win the NL Pennant. The Cubs are currently 14/1 to win this year’s World Series and 7/1 to win the NLCS.
Posted: 8/13/09 5:00PM ET