The beer can thrown as Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim was about to make a catch with the score tied in the American League wild card game against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday evening in Toronto, along with alleged racial slurs thrown at Kim and another Orioles player, Adam Jones, illustrated that an entire crowd shouldn’t be condemned.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said as much afterwards.
“I don’t like it. Nobody likes it. I’m sure the Toronto Blue Jays don’t like it,” he said. “It’s tough when you have that many people in the ballpark and one person does something that reflects poorly on all of them. It can happen in any ballpark. I don’t like anything that puts our guys in harm’s way, just like (Blue Jays’ skipper John Gibbons) wouldn’t at our place.”
The same holds true for the just-concluded Ryder Cup, where criticism of fan behaviour at Hazeltine often seemed blanket, instead of focused on the guilty parties. The majority seemed to be taking the heat, even if fans and players were admirably making efforts to point out overly-rowdy individuals.
There were detestable things said to European players on the weekend, but as Orioles players said after the Blue Jays won on Tuesday, you get used to that in baseball. The same holds true at a high-profile golf event such as the Ryder Cup, where passion and patriotism is promoted going in. We can’t be upset when it actually happens.
However, the beer can incident conceivably could have been deadly and took bad behaviour to a new level of low, just as some incidents did at the Ryder Cup, but those are the people you concern yourself with, not a crowd that’s loud.
In baseball’s case, the obvious question that needs to be addressed is why beer is being allowed in cans in the stadium. The distribution of alcohol throughout the day at the Ryder Cup is something that should be considered as well, assuming a thorough post-event evaluation is held.
The Ryder Cup criticism often seemed more focused on golf etiquette, which many of the spectators coming through the gate may not be familiar with if they don’t play the game.
The way the Ryder Cup is promoted, a boisterous crowd is to be expected, especially with the home side coming into this one looking to turn around its recent losing record. Polite golf applause shouldn’t be expected, but agreed, there are limits.
What those limits are and how they will be enforced is something that organizers need to figure out, but if somebody who had fun at the Ryder Cup without crossing any line hears how badly the crowd in which he/she was a part of was loutish and boorish, that person may make a blanket assessment too.
And golf comes off as stuffy again, while losing somebody who might return for a tour event, or even try the game out.
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