An ugly incident occurred last night at Wrigley Field when a full beverage was dropped on the head of Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino as he made a catch in the fifth inning.
As a Cubs fan who was in attendance, but not in the bleachers, I stood up and booed when this occurred, as did many people sitting around me. True Cubs fans know this is unacceptable, despicable, and not the least bit funny.
Bleacher Bums, as they are called, have a reputation of being loud and obnoxious, and rightfully so. Anyone who would pay $50 (face value) to sit on a bench with no back for a full game, plus the two hours before the game to get good seats, is a bit nutty to begin with. Trust me, I've done it multiple times.
But make no mistake, the fans who sit in the bleachers are great Cubs fans, throwing visiting home run balls back, riding opposing outfielders for a misplay, and most importantly, never leaving Carlos Lee alone.
That's why it's upsetting as a Cubs fan when one guy, who likely had too much to drink, goes and ruins it for everyone.
So for those of you thinking or saying things like, "I hope other fans get back at the Cubs," or "the Cubs should be penalized by MLB," you need to just slow down for a minute. It's a natural and acceptable reaction to be angry, but direct the anger towards the one stupid moron, not an entire fan base and organization.
Even though they apparently ejected the wrong fan, Cubs' security was over there in a flash to take care of the situation. The Chicago Police Department is apparently conducting a manhunt for the offender, and plans to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella apologized after the game, saying, "That shouldn't happen, it's not good sportsmanship. We apologize to Victorino and the Phillies for that."
And if you had interviewed the majority of fans like me, well, you'd have this article as my response. So, to the rest of the MLB teams and their fans, please don't group true blue Cubs fans like me with the few select individuals who do dumb stuff like this.
We really are better than that.
This article was originally posted on Cubicle GM.