Man Angry with TB Rays Playing Game in Cuba Throws Full Beer Can into Dugout

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The Associated Press

This weekend a man showed his displeasure with the Tampa Bay Rays recent trip to play a game in Cuba by jumping on the field and hurling a full can of beer into their dugout during the seventh inning of their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida.

The man shouted obscenities in Spanish about the Castro regime as the beer can careened against the back wall of the dugout.

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer, who witnessed the incident from the opposing dugout, said, “I just heard a loud boom and I saw beer fly.”

Some of the Rays got sprayed by the beer but no one was hurt. Tampa Bay’s third base coach Charlie Montoyo was able to restrain the man until police could intervene. They arrested him and charged him with causing a fray, trespassing, and assault.

Bradenton police lieutenant John Affolter told the Associated Press that for the last 23 years he’s worked a lot of games but never saw anything like this. “I’ve seen a streaker, I’ve seen a lot. I thought I’d seen it all,” he admitted.

“I realized he speaks Spanish, so I was telling him to relax,” Montoyo said. “I didn’t hear what he was yelling. He looked old, so I kind of felt bad for him. I was holding him and not trying to tackle him.”

President Obama sitting with dictator Raul Castro watched the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays play an exhibition game in Cuba last week. Some criticized the president for not canceling his visit because on the same day an Islamic terror attack struck Brussels, killing over 35 people including four Americans. The Rays emerged victorious in the game in Havana.