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A Rogers Centre employee picks up beer cans thrown on the field by fans during seventh inning game five American League Division Series baseball action between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Pile tens of thousands of fans into a stadium, add some high-intensity sports drama and throw a little alcohol into the mix and you're bound to get someone who takes things a little too far. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
October 05, 2016 - 2:34 PM

TORONTO - Pile tens of thousands of fans into a stadium, add some high-intensity sports drama and throw a little alcohol into the mix and you're bound to get someone who takes things a little too far.

One spectator at Rogers Centre nearly hit Baltimore outfielder Hyun Soo Kim with a can of beer in Tuesday night's playoff game in Toronto. In a statement, Major League Baseball said it and the Blue Jays were "extremely disappointed."

Here's a look at a few other notable incidents involving fans at baseball stadiums:


Blue Jays fans were livid when a bizarre throwing play led to the go-ahead run coming across in the decisive Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.

Toronto catcher Russell Martin's throw back to the pitcher hit the bat of Shin-Soo Choo, who was standing in the batter's box. The ball rolled up the third-base line and Rougned Odor scampered home to give Texas a 3-2 lead.

Umpires reviewed the play and the run stood. Incensed fans at Rogers Centre then threw beer cans, water bottles and other debris on to the field, leading to an 18-minute delay.

The Blue Jays came back to win — with Jose Bautista celebrating his home run with an epic bat flip — and advance to the ALCS.


A 1999 game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals was delayed for 10 minutes to clear debris after fans threw batteries at outfielder J.D. Drew.

He was selected by the Phillies with the second overall pick in the 1997 draft but didn't sign with the team. Drew instead went back into the draft and was taken by the Cardinals in 1998 at No. 5.

The Veterans Stadium faithful didn't take too kindly to Drew's presence when St. Louis came to Philadelphia a year later.

Fans threw "D" batteries and garbage in Drew's direction before finally stopping when the public address announcer said a forfeit was possible if the actions continued.


In one of the scariest incidents ever to tarnish a baseball diamond, William Ligue Jr. and his 15-year-old son William Ligue III ran on to the field at Comiskey Park and attacked Kansas City first base coach Tom Gamboa during a 2002 game between the Chicago White Sox and the Royals.

Both attackers were heavily intoxicated and shirtless when they ran onto the field, tackled Gamboa and threw several punches before being restrained by players and security.

Gamboa suffered several cuts and bruises and was left with permanent hearing damage to his right ear.


It's considered one of the most ill-fated promotions in baseball history.

The Chicago White Sox had to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers in July 1979 after thousands of fans ran on to the field during "Disco Demolition Night."

Local disc jockey Steve Dahl burned disco records brought by fans to Comiskey Park. However, some fans decided to start their own fires and a mini-riot ensued.

The Charleston RiverDogs tried out a promotional sequel of sorts some 35 years later. The single-A team held an event titled "Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It" in 2014.

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus music and merchandise was collected in a large boom box on the infield and destroyed after a game against the Augusta GreenJackets.

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