Red Sox manager responds to beer can thrown at rolling rally

Spectator throws beer at Alex Cora

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) – An open can of beer lobbed at Red Sox manager Alex Cora landed a Bryant University student in court on multiple charges Wednesday.

Patrick Connolly, 19, allegedly threw the beverage while Cora rode on a duck boat as part of the team’s World Series celebration in Boston.

“I love Cora, I didn’t mean to hit him.” Connolly told police, according to an incident report obtained by Eyewitness News. “That was stupid, I wasn’t trying to hit Cora.”

Cora took the incident in stride.

“I know the kid didn’t meant to hurt anybody,” he said at a press conference Thursday. “Obviously it’s dangerous, but it is what it is, you know?”

The Boston police department put out a statement saying in part, “Commissioner [William] Gross is happy to report that the large majority of fans attending the Red Sox World Series Championship Parade celebrated and enjoyed the day in a respectful and responsible manner.”

In all, six people were arrested following the parade. A police spokesman told Eyewitness News they will take any lessons they learned from Wednesday’s parade and apply them to future rallies.

Cora said he’ll also be prepared for any future projectile beer cans.

“I just got to get ready to make that play next time,” he said.

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