Things can get out of hand quickly when sports enthusiasts gather together to celebrate their favorite sports teams with alcohol. Several fans were arrested on October 31st as they gathered together to celebrate the Red Sox World Series win with a parade. Police report that many of the fans became overly enthusiastic and made the bad decision to begin throwing full cans of beer towards the sports team.
Many Red Sox players were riding on duck boats when they began to be pelted with the beer cans. One of the cans nearly struck Mookie Betts, an MVP candidate, and one “Natural Light” can made impact with the Red Sox manager Alex Cora. Another can of beer smashed into one of the World Series trophies, and the one-of-a-kind award was damaged in the incident. At least one onlooker was also hit by a can. The forceful blow was so brutal that the victim had to receive stiches at the hospital.
Police who witnessed the incident confronted one of the fans who was throwing beer cans. Patrick Connolly, a 19-year-old resident of Massachusetts, was apprehended. He is being charged with battery by means of a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and assault. The fan allegedly told police, “I love Cora, I didn’t mean to hit him.”
Over the course of the parade, five others were taken into police custody. Charges varied from drinking in public, being a minor in possession of alcohol, disturbing the peace, possession of a firearm and possession of a Class B and Class D narcotic with the intent to distribute.