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Bartlett man charged with throwing beer at Phillies outfielder
Cubs chairman apologizes to Phillies OF for incident
By Russell Lissau and Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff

John Macchione of Bartlett, wearing a cap and pointing to the field, has been charged with throwing a beer at Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino at Wednesday's Cubs game.


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Published: 8/13/2009 12:55 PM | Updated: 8/14/2009 9:59 AM

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The most infamous Cubs fan since Steve Bartman was charged with misdemeanor battery Thursday night, a day after throwing a beer at a Philadelphia Phillies outfielder.

John Macchione, 21, of the 700 block of Falmore Drive, Bartlett, also was charged with misdemeanor illegal conduct within a sports facility.

Macchione, whose face was splashed across the Internet and TV screens Thursday because of his actions in the Wrigley Field bleachers, surrendered to police Thursday, police said.

After being released from police custody Thursday night, he apologized to the player he hit with his cold one.

"It really is nothing against him," Macchione said about Shane Victorino. "It was a big mistake."

"The Chicago Cubs, I'm sorry I disgraced you, the fans, myself, my family," he said.

Earlier in the day, Cubs chairman Crane Kenney apologized in person to Victorino, who was hit with the beer in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game as he caught a flyball.

Victorino filed a police report Thursday.

According to several reports, Cubs security personnel questioned a man who was taunting Victorino, but Macchione was not detained at the game.

Kenney would not comment specifically on the incident, calling it a police matter.

"We serve beer, and people sit in the bleachers," Kenney said. "If you think about how many years we've gone with no issues of any kind, including situations where we've had our fans in some ways animated about our own players, where they weren't favorable toward them … (this is an) isolated instance.

"We handled it the right way, we think, with the police. The Phillies have been great. We apologized to the Phillies. Shane's been terrific about it. He's cooperating, as we are, with the CPD, and we'll go from there."

Kenney criticized Macchione's actions as unsportsmanlike.

"Let's say the beer was in his eyes, and he got hit in the head, and what's the next thing that gets thrown from the stands?" Kenney said.

"It just can't happen, for safety reasons, and it's not right. It's not the kind of sportsmanship our organization tries to put on the field. And 99.9 percent of our fans would agree. That's not the way to behave. We had one person who didn't follow the rules."

Victorino said he appreciated the apologies that came last night from Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and field manager Lou Piniella.

"I hope that he gets the understanding that you can't be doing things like that," Victorino said. "I don't think he'd be walking too far if something like that happened in the streets. It's just not something that you do.

"For the most part, in the big picture, this guy should be held accountable, and something should be done."