Shane Victorino said he doesn't want to press charges, but he wants the right guy apprehended and held responsible for the beer-throwing incident that marred the Phillies' 12-5 win over the Cubs Wednesday night.
Victorino has filed a simple battery complaint with the Chicago Police Department, a Chicago Police News Affairs Division spokesman confirmed. The spokesman said the incident was being investigated. The filingwas first reported by the Associated Press.
The centerfielder was catching a fly ball near the outfield wall in the fifth inning Wednesday when a fan threw a cup of beer, hitting him in the face and dousing him with alcohol. Security guards ejected a fan, but reports later said that they nabbed the wrong man.
"Right now, they've got the wrong guy, so hopefully they'll go and get the right guy," he said. "He's probably at home thinking to himself, oh I got away with this."
For the most part, Victorino laughed off the incident. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry apologized to him in person Wednesday night, and team chairman Crane Kenney apologized in person prior to the start of Thursday's series finale. But Victorino, who said he smelled like beer for the rest of the game Wednesday, said he wants the offender to be caught.
"I hope he gets to understanding that you can't do stuff like that," he said. "If it happens on the streets, I don't think he'd be walking too far with something like that happening in the streets. It's just not something that you do. The big picture is this guy should be held accountable."