Cuba Protest: Fan Arrested for Running onto Field, Throwing Beer into Rays “Dugout vs. Pirates”

Cuba Protest: Fan Arrested for Running onto Field, Throwing Beer into Rays Dugout vs. Pirates

Man throws bottles toward Rays dugout during alleged protest of Cuba trip.

According to the AP, no one was injured, and the fan was arrested and charged with trespassing, assault, and causing a fray. Some additional details …

The broadcast of the game didn’t capture any images of the incident, probably by design so as to not give the fan any undue attention, but here, via Business Insider’s Cork Gaines, is a screencap of the moments after …

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes that the fan was of Cuban descent and, per Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo, was “an old person” who’d been drinking.

The Rays of course recently played a much-ballyhooed exhibition against the Cuban national team in Havana. The game, which President Obama attended, embodied the more normalized relations between the U.S. and the communist island nation, but it’s also a source of controversy, prominently among Cuban ex-pats in the United States.