The Blue Jays and Orioles finished the regular season with identical 89-73 records. By winning 10 of its 19 games against Baltimore Toronto won the right to host Tuesday night’s American League wild-card game.
The home-field advantages for the Blue Jays include, a noisy blue-clad fan base, the Rogers Centre’s familiar sightlines and the fact that opposing outfielders have to avoid flying objects while trying to field balls.
With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Orioles left fielder Hyun-Soo Kim retreated to the wall in left-center field to catch a fly ball. Moments before the ball landed in his glove, a beer can — thrown quite forcefully from the stands — passes a few feet from Kim’s head.
This isn’t the first time something like this has occurred at Rogers Centre. In last year’s American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers, umpires reversed a call against the home team, and beer started flying onto the field from all corners of the dome. And a few years ago, Blue Jays fans have tried to throw beer at former Oriole Nate McLouth.
The incident polarized twitter. Some demonized Blue Jays fans.
Others spoke out against letting one fan’s action define the entire fan base.
Either way, perfectly good beer was wasted.