BOSTON (CBS) — Victory parades are nothing new in Boston, so players and fans alike are pretty good at celebrating a championship.
But maybe it’s time to stop throwing beers at players when they pass by on duck boats. Several frosty brews were tossed at Red Sox players throughout Wednesday’s World Series victory parade in Boston, and one nearly took out Mookie Betts.
The Sox outfielder didn’t have his gold glove with him, and couldn’t corral a pair of cans that flew his way as the parade made its way through Copley Square. It’s a good thing everyone else on the duck boat was paying attention when the second can flew in.
Betts spent most of his victory parade ducking and dodging beer cans and nips thrown toward his duck boat.
“This definitely has got to stop,” he told the Boston Globe.
A beer can thrown during the parade hit one of Boston’s four World Series trophies, slightly damaging it. A statement from the Red Sox said the damage was minimal and nothing that could not be easily fixed.
At least one fan was hit by a flying beer can and had to go to the hospital for stitches, according to the Boston Globe.
A 19-year-old man from Sandwich was arrested for allegedly throwing a beer can at manager Alex Cora. He is being charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.
Video tweeted by Sox fan Bo Tilly and taken in the same area as the arrest shows beer being thrown at Cora, who points into the crowd after being hit.
Most Red Sox players caught the libations thrown their way and enjoyed the suds. Reliever Matt Barnes showed off his sure hands by hauling in not one, but two blue sodas that flew his way (check out the video above). Others decided to shake them up and let the crowd join in on the fun.
And then there was Rick Porcello. He took a beer bath after Boston’s World Series-clincher in Los Angeles, and on Wednesday, took a beer shower during the parade.
While it was mostly good fun on Wednesday, maybe fans should stop throwing beer cans around next time Boston celebrates another title.