Wrigley Beer Tosser Gives Mea Culpa

By Steve Bryant
|  Friday, Aug 14, 2009  |  Updated 8:37 AM CDT
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Wrigley Beer Tosser Gives Mea Culpa

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Shane Macchione is the picture of an awful Cubs fan.

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Johnny Macchione may forever be known as the Wrigley Field Beer Tosser.

When Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino went after a fly ball off the bat of Jake Fox in the fifth inning he caught the ball and a face full of brew courtesy of Macchione.

The 21-year-old Bartlett turned himself in for the tossing the brew Thurdsay and was charged with with battery and illegal conduct within a sports facility, both misdemeanors. But the legal punishiment won't outweigh the stigma attached to being a jerk. 

Macchione tried to apologize, but that won't get him far -- just ask Steve Bartman.

"It was a big mistake. I'd like to apologize to Shane Victorino," Macchione said. "It really is nothing against him. It was a mistake like I said."

Victorino will likely get a more sincere apology down the road. The beer soaked Phillies outfielder filed a complaint with Chicago police. So did the Cubs.

"The Chicago Cubs -- I'm sorry I disgraced you, the fans of the Cubs, myself, my family and that's all. The courts will handle itself ... it was just an impulse, that's all," Macchione said.

One person Macchione needs to do more apologizing to is Dan DeLaPaz. He's the guy who took the initial fall for Maccione when Wrigley security reacted to the incident. Video replay later revealed they'd tossed a bystander whose only offense was laughing at Victorino.

"They manhandled me. I asked them,'What are you doing?' I didn't do anything," DeLaPaz told the Sun-Times. "I didn't know what was going on. It was horrible. They treated me like I pulled out a shotgun or something."

"[Macchione] called today. He said he felt horrible about it and very embarrassed. He felt really bad. He's just a Cubs fan with bad judgement."

Aren't they all?

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