Boston police have arrested a man accused of hitting someone with a can of beer thrown during the parade celebrating the World Series-winning Red Sox.
Police said 19-year-old Patrick Connolly, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police said the can struck but didn't injure an unidentified man aboard one of the amphibious duck boats carrying players and their families in Wednesday's parade.
It wasn't immediately clear if the beer can Connolly allegedly threw was the same can that hit and damaged a World Series trophy or if the man it hit was a ballplayer.
During the New England Patriots championship parade in Boston in 2017, some players -- including tight end Rob Gronkowski -- caught beers thrown by fans and drank them. But a number of Red Sox players did not seem happy about Wednesday's beer tossing.
Photos and video on social media showed one beer can hitting manager Alex Cora and two others almost hitting MVP candidate Mookie Betts. Neither was seriously injured, and it didn't take any varnish off the shining celebration.
Connolly told the arresting officers, according to the Boston Globe: "I love Cora. I didn't mean to hit him.''
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Betts caught several cans and swatted away several others.
"This definitely has got to stop," the outfielder told the Globe.
Betts' family, including his mother, was on the duck boat.
Pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel and infielders Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts were among players who also snared beers thrown their way, and David Price caught a nip-sized bottle.
Police commissioner William Gross said there were five other parade-related arrests, including a 17-year-old charged with illegal firearm and drug possession.
The parade that began Wednesday at venerable Fenway Park wound its way through several major downtown streets lined by fans numbering in the hundreds of thousands, some of whom arrived before dawn to stake out the best vantage point and many clad in Red Sox jerseys, sweatshirts and caps.
Bits of red, white and blue paper rained down on the crisp, autumn day as the crowd waited for a glimpse of the ballplayers passing in the city's emblematic amphibious duck boats. The players and members of their families waved down in response from the open-roofed vehicles, and some players autographed balls and tossed them into the jubilant throng.
During a pre-parade ceremony at Fenway, Cora thanked fans for supporting the team during what he called a "historic season" in which the Sox won a team-record 108 games during the regular season before beating the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs.
"I've been saying since Day 1, this is crazy, this is madness," said Cora, adding that his players shared the same high expectations of Boston fans.
"And that's why they are world champs," he said.
Security was tight along the route, which took the team past the site of the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Public drinking, in theory, was banned, but many fans still liberally swigged from small vials of liquor and cans of beer.
Throughout the day, spontaneous anti-Yankees chants rang out, a nod to the long-running rivalry between the American League squads.
Countless Boston-area youths skipped class to take in the parade.
"I heard there were six people in my history class today. Everyone is here,'' said Max Colognesi, a 16-year-old from nearby Chestnut Hill who joined friends near the ballpark. "I have a lot of homework when I get back, but it's worth it.''
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.