UPDATED: Toronto Police and Toronto Sun help identify ALWC beer can tosser.

*EDITED*
This article was originally titled “Toronto Police make Showalter-esque mistake in indentifying ALWC beer can tosser.” but has since been edited and changed to fit current information. 

On Wednesday, the day after the storied 2016 ALWC game.

Toronto Police took to social media to try and identify an individual who attempted to toss a full beer can at Baltimore Oriole’s outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the 7th inning.

Man Wanted for Beer-Can-Tossing Incident,
Photograph Released

Broadcast time: 18:08
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

52 Division
416-808-5200

Case #: 2016-1772800

On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the Rogers Centre, during a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles, a beer can was tossed from the left-field stands onto the playing field.

Investigators from 52 Division have been working closely with the Rogers Centre to identify the person responsible.

An image of a man, police are alleging to be responsible for this incident, is attached.

Investigators are strongly encouraging this man to seek legal advice and turn himself into police. Anyone with any information on this man, is asked to contact investigators at 52 Division by calling 416-808-5200.

Man Wanted for Beer-Can-Tossing Incident,
Photograph Released

 

Man Wanted for tossing beer can at Rogers Centre

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/36107

 

On the same day – the Toronto Sun promised a $1000 reward for anyone who could help identify the man. A few hours later, the suspect was identified as an employee of PostMedia. Postmedia is a Canadian media company that owns the Toronto Sun.

Man in police photo linked to Blue Jays beer can incident identified as Ken Pagan

The incident involved a partially full can of beer lobbed by a spectator in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays’ extremely tight wild-card showdown against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night.

 

The man in a police photo linked to the beer can incident from last night’s Blue Jays’ wild-card game has been identified by Metro News. He is Ken Pagan, a copy editor at Postmedia’s Hamilton office, a co-worker said.

The Toronto Sun, who are owned and operated by Postmedia, posted an offer for a $1,000 reward for any information leading to identification of the beer thrower.

The ID has since been confirmed by the Toronto Sun, and was previously coroborated by someone working in Postmedia’s Hamilton office, who did not wish to be named.

The incident involved a partially full can of beer lobbed by a spectator in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays’ tight wild-card showdown against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night. The can nearly hit Orioles left-fielder Hyun Soo Kim.

A co-worker who declined to be named said the man rushed out of the office shortly after the photo was released to the public.

Social media was ablaze Tuesday night and Wednesday with speculation on the incident, with many adamant that the thrower was actually a woman.

Managers at Postmedia were contacted and declined to comment.

Pagan has since deleted some of his social media accounts.

SCREENSHOT

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/10/05/alleged-blue-jays-beer-thrower-identified-ken-pagan.html

As the article mentions, the suspect was originally thought to be a female wearing a white ball cap that was seated a row above and to the right of the suspect. In a high-resolution photos released by the Canadian Press on Tuesday night, it appeared that a ‘gap’ in the crowd was a female spectator ducking from the view of outfielder Adam Jones as he pointed into the crowd.

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Based on this SparkSportz blog and many others – were certain that the suspect was a female spectator wearing a white ball cap, not-visible female in the pictures.

However, with help of a SparkSportz reader – this notion was proven to be wrong and the suspect police are seeking – Ken Pagan, is the actual can tosser.

Here’s the clear evidence.

Wednesday evening the identified suspect made a statement through his lawyer.

A suspect wanted by Toronto police after someone threw a beer can at an Orioles player during the Blue Jays’ do-or-die game against Baltimore is turning himself in, but says he was drinking from a cup.

Ken Pagan, a Postmedia employee, told the Toronto Sun that his lawyer has advised him not to discuss the incident. But he did say an image posted to Twitter shows he was not drinking from a can.

“I was drinking out of a cup,” he said.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/suspect-in-blue-jays-beer-can-toss-says-he-was-drinking-out-of-a-cup-1.3102736

Jays fans are lucky the toss didn’t hit Kim as it would have triggered a serious incident which could have lead to the Jays losing the game prematurely.

Based on the MLB rules if Hyun Soo Kim was hit by the object and caused him not to be able to play the ball, the Orioles could have declared player safety issues caused by the Rogers Center which would have lead to the Blue Jays to forfeit.

They are lucky that didn’t happen. Edwin Encarnacion hit a 3 run homer to end the game in the bottom of the 11th inning.

41 thoughts on “UPDATED: Toronto Police and Toronto Sun help identify ALWC beer can tosser.

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  1. There is another video (which was on the Toronto Sun site, since retracted) of much higher quality, from a Rogers video editor, who shows the can coming out of the guy’s hand. He sidearmed it up out and out. I took a very long look at the video. The guy who shot the video has since made his twitter account private.

  2. The video is still on mlb.com. If you look very closely at the 2:17:23 mark you can see the can leave the guy’s LEFT hand in a high trajectory, about three frames before guy in his video pauses.

    If you look very careful at Brad’s video at the 0:25 mark you can see that guy making a rapid movement with his left hand. The beer in question either came out of the guy with the cap’s right hand or out of the guy in question’s left, and given Brad’s video shows (guy in question) rapid movement, I am pretty sure the cops got the right guy.

    The guy who posted the video on torontosun.com shows this in much clearer detail. It has since been taken down and his twitter account has gone private.

    1. I like the observations but I am sure it is the women in the white hat who threw it with her right hand. She was visible in the TBS live footage and when the commentator says the word ‘inexcusable’ you can see all the crowd looking in that gap where she must have been hiding. The same can be seen in the high res photos in my blog post.

      1. It absolutely was not the guy they’re accusing….its clear as day on tbs feed that it was the person ducking behind the row…the person beside her is looking at them!

      2. If you watch the video, you can see a person throwing the can but if you keep your eye on the guy, Ken Pagan who they say threw it, raises his hand to his mouth, at the same time as you can see someone throw something just to the left and behind him… also the guy behind him who appears to be laughing is looking down beside him, which makes the theory of the woman throwing it and ducking more possible.

  3. IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE WITH ALL THE RED ARROWS – YOU CAN SEE THE GUY TO THE RIGHT OF THE CIRCLED WOMAN LOOKING DOWN

    THERE IS ALSO THE GUY IN THE GREY JAYS HAT TO THE RIGHT OF HIM ALSO LOOKING DOWN

    LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST GUY AND YOU CAN MAKE OUT A BLONDE HEAD HIDING AGAINST HIS HIPS

    1. Dead right. The guilty one is hiding beside her boyfriend. She has ducked down and he is laughing in nervousness of her stupidity. Guy to thier left with gray Jay’s hat is looking down right at her in discussed. Find those two guys and they’ll give her up.

  4. This article is dead wrong. The police are not wrong.

    The video this article relies on is blurry and what appears to be a blond woman is actually the guy in the yellow hat. There is a clear video showing the guy the police are looking for throwing the can with a high backhand side arm.

    The video was taken down but luckily I had it loaded and was able to re post it
    https://youtu.be/4qO5ct9r7Jo

    1. The police are wrong. Take a look at 1/4 speed at the 5-6 second mark. “This guy” is taking a drink of his own beer when an arm appears behind the yellow hat guy, throwing the can to the field. You can see the entire forearm (which is either bare skin or white shirt) and it that belongs to “this guy” then his arm is about 8-10 feet long. Someone’s ducking down and throwing to the left of “this guy.”

    2. Ken Pagan is holding a plastic cup in his left hand. He then throws the beer can with his right hand. he threw it with a side arm motion; as if he was throwing a frisbee. he then reaches over and puts the plastic cup in his right hand. he thought he was being slick. he’s not as smart as he thinks he is.

    3. You are wrong .. it came from the female above the head of the guy with the white hat … there are better .. clearer images now.

  5. It’s not “this guy”, the throw comes from his left, behind the white hat. “This guy” is drinking his own beer when the can is thrown.

  6. I was there. Next section over. My buddy was closer, as we couldn’t get tix together. He said it was the woman,and he was ducking down.

    You have the wrong guy

  7. So damn frustrating. How long do you think someone’s arm actually is? Using that video as “indisputable evidence” is a joke. It’s not even close. Take a screen shot. Make a measurement. It’s not hard.

    1. it was not him…why is the girl ducking down, and I know Kenny he would NOT waste a beer not on his life…i know the police are looking at excellent footage from the Rogers center. so we will all know soon enough, but Ken LOVES the Jays, he knows the rules, he knows if that can hits a player Jays forfeit..he would never take that risk, plus he is an editor, who has dedicated 20 years to sports, it just doesn’t make sense.

  8. If this isn’t the guy then I feel really freaking bad for him and I hope the Jays give him front row season tickets for next season.

  9. What is this? the Kennedy assassination?? If authorities could only pay as much attention to shaming pedophiles rapists and animal abusers then they do to a person who threw a beer can at a baseball game that’d be great.

  10. Ken Pagan is holding a plastic cup in his left hand. He then throws the beer can with his right hand. he threw it with a side arm motion; as if he was throwing a frisbee. he then reaches over and puts the plastic cup in his right hand. he thought he was being slick. he’s not as smart as he thinks he is.

  11. If it turns out not to be the individual named and this guy goes and commits suicide i think the will be alot of people with blood on their hands.

  12. Who cares?????? Let him prove his innocence in court. Obviously he thinks….like everyone thought originally….a woman did it. In my opinion, if there was a woman standing one second; then hiding the next. I think we know who really did it. I watched the game from home. All I saw was the beer can leave the stadium and hit the filed a few feet away from the player.

  13. guys please, how’s everyone not seeing this? obviously there’s an empty spot behind him to the right and this video (7sec mark) shows the can being thrown from that same spot…you even see an arm in the air. and the guy to the left of that empty spot is looking down at him/her laughing (19sec)! WATCH>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qO5ct9r7Jo

    stop ruining one man’s life because of social media’s stupid assumptions! eventually though everyone will see the obvious and the police and media will apologize to him and bring him on tv and next thing you know he’ll be the next bachelor or something lol ridiculous

    1. Broadcast in 4K and these are the best images possible? Give the raw feed and beer can to Abby Shouto from NCIS and you’ll have not only the actual toss but fingerprints and DNA.

    2. The only thing I am sure of is that we all see it differently. When I look at thar video I see Pagan toss the can frizbees style with his right hand. Hand starts down by his left hp and moves up to heat hight in front of his face before he drops it down again. But really it is not clear enough for me to say 100% it was him.

      His cup defence is pretty week. He could of had two beers. He could have grabbed his buddies. Just finger print the damn thing.

      The guy looking down to the void could just be telling them what happened. The would not have seen anything if they were sitting. No proof there.

    3. thank u! for those of us who know Ken he is a good dude! LOVES and i mean LOVES baseball and beer…and its his career why would he risk that…I might be wrong but the Ken i know would never do that, the only thing that looks weird is while everyone else is looking around like what just happened, Ken is staring dead ahead with a drunk face, lol, its funny to me because ive known him for years, but i can see how it looks to others. Lets keep perspective, if this is the crime of the century in Canada we are doing pretty good.

    4. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and perspective of things… what’s really shameful is how Toronto Police relies on all those random personal opinions/perspectives to just assume that they’ve got a suspect! And just like that someone’s or probably an entire family’s future could be changed… blows my mind! Is this really how “safe” we are in North America as our governments keep promising us? Can’t they use their million dollar worth of security and equipment to bust someone in a closed environment and rely on social media to jump ahead?

  14. Somebody’s tweeted that the lady sitting in the void was holding a child (which is why she was sitting down). If you also look at the chronological photos that Frank Gunn took (https://twitter.com/frankgunnphoto) why would Ken Pagan take off shortly after the beer toss? The couple sitting behind him took his seat and the of the curly-haired lady to Ken’s right.

    Ken’s got a full beer (cup and likely he’s double-fisting), it’s only the 7th inning, and there’s plenty of exciting baseball left in what becomes an 11-inning game spectacle.

  15. The empty space is where a mother and her 9 year old daughter were sitting – who had left their seats to get ice cream. This is a fact.

  16. Buy 2 beers so you have a spare ? |First beer is in the glass…..Isn’t the second one still in the can?

    1. Your right most or all stop serving beer in the 7th inning makes sense alot would would grab more for later

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