It’s been a long-time tradition at Wrigley Field that when an opposing player hits a home run, the ball is thrown back. During yesterday’s loss to the Dodgers, one Cubs fan was a little late with his throwback response - instead waiting for the chance to bean Manny Ramirez.
(At least Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol kept it civil with Manny)
The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reports that 31-year-old Paul Solans was arrested after reportedly throwing a ball right at the Dodgers left-fielder.
At the top of the 7th inning, Ramirez smacked a home run, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 5-2. (The Blue Crew would go on to win 7-2.) When Manny came back on the field at the bottom of the 7th, it was apparently too much for Solans to take:
Solans caught (the) Dodgers home run and, instead of immediately throwing it back onto the field, attempted to throw it at Ramirez when the Dodgers returned to the field. Security guards “grabbed him” and turned him over to Chicago Police, police said.
However, WLS-TV reports that Manny’s original home run was immediately tossed back. So the ball Solans slung might have been from James Loney’s grand slam in the 5th inning. Or a ball he snagged during batting practice. Or maybe it was a $20 souvenir ball he bought at the Friendly Confines’ concessions.
No matter where he got it, Solans got to spend a night in jail for his troubles. He’s scheduled to appear in misdemeanor court on October 23, facing charges of reckless conduct.
Considering he’s the one that gave up Loney’s slam, the same charges sould be filed against Ryan Dempster.