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Cubs Fan Sorry He Hit Victorino

Cubs Fan Sorry He Hit Victorino

The Chicago Cubs fan accused of pelting Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino with a beer says he's sorry, and hopes his fellow fans can forgive him.

Johnny Macchione says he got caught up in "the heat of the moment" and that there is no excuse for how he acted during the Cubs-Phillies game on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old from the western Chicago suburb of Bartlett, Ill., was charged with two misdemeanor counts after the beer flew out of the stands and hit Victorino, who was trying to catch a fly ball. The Phillies won the game 12-5.

Macchione tells The Chicago Tribune that he wants to extend a sincere apology to Victorino, and says he's a great player.

He also says if he could take back his actions, he would.

The Cubs fan who hit Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino with a beer is in police custody in Chicago. :applause

Macchione walked into an unidentifed police station on Thursday night.

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There are a lot of questions being asked on Thursday after Cubs security let the Macchione, who hit Victorino with a full beer cup, walk out of Wrigley Field – and how they could not get a response from any fans sitting next to the beer thrower.

Macchione's picture has been plastered over Chicago and national Web sites after he hit Victorino, and national news outlets ran and re-ran video of Victorino being assaulted.

There are questions in Chicago about why Cubs security officials took away the wrong fan, and why one guard let the suspect walk away as his image was being shown on live TV.

Also, no fans sitting next to the fan would identify him to stadium security, and other fans openly cheered the suspect.

The cop’s “manhunt” became public knowledge after the Victorino story made national headlines and Cubs officials realized they ejected the wrong fan.

But within minutes of that man’s ejection, baseball TV announcers were pointing out on live TV that the real culprit was still in the stands.

After the game, the Cubs players were apologetic and Victorino didn’t want to talk about the incident.

"It was a beer, so let's not talk about it," Victorino said. "Let's talk about baseball."

"That shouldn't happen," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "It's not good sportsmanship and it's not good behavior. We apologize to Victorino and the Phillies for that."

Cubs Fan Sorry He Hit Victorino

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