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Dan Kelly Breaks Silence on Throwing Pizza at Fan During Red Sox Game in 2007

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2021

File - This April 1994, file photo shows an aerial view of a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, which opened for its first game on April 20, 1912, making it one of the nation's oldest stadiums. Longtime Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray has organized an unusual inside Fenway Park Marathon. Friday's event will take 50 runners around the outfield of Boston's storied baseball stadium 116 times to cover the classic 26.2-mile distance. McGillivray says the race is the culmination of a dream he had as a boy when he aspired to play second base for the Red Sox. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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Boston Red Sox fan Dan Kelly has explained his role in one of the strangest baseball stadium interactions in recent years.

In a 2007 Red Sox game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Kelly threw a slice of pizza at another fan after the target attempted to catch a foul ball.

He spoke about the incident Thursday on MLB Network's Hot Stove:

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"Free delivery" @RedSox fan Dan Kelly, the infamous Fenway Park 🍕 thrower, joined us on #MLBNHotStove to recall the epic story! https://t.co/wVRMXKiS6o

Despite speculation the two might have been friends, Kelly said he didn't know the other person before the game.

"Not at all. Random event," he said. "We had been bickering for a few innings."

Kelly told Matt Monagan of MLB.com he had been drinking before the Patriots' Day game but that the other person, Jason Sole, was out of control.

"It was pretty apparent to the entire section that he was causing a scene," Kelly said. "I'm like, 'Hey, it's friendly Fenway, c'mon, work it out, you guys are having a great time.' He didn't enjoy that, and he was kinda jawing back and forth with us."

Kelly said Sole demanded a slice of pizza after he brought it back from the concession stand, and Kelly eventually gave him one at full speed.

Kelly was ejected from the game and left with his wife, but he said he received a standing ovation from the section after the toss.

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