After ALDS chaos, Blue Jays won’t sell beer cans in upper deck for ALCS

The Blue Jays will stop selling beer cans in their upper deck for safety purposes.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are changing the way they’ll sell beer after the fiasco that was Game 5 of their American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.

After fans threw beer cans on the field when the Rangers pulled ahead on a bizarre throwing error by catcher Russell Martin in the seventh inning of that game, Rogers Centre won’t sell beer cans in the upper deck during the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals.

Throwing beer cans never is a good idea, but things got particularly dicey when someone in the upper deck was arrested after nearly hitting a baby with a can. There’s no word on why the Blue Jays aren’t making cups a stadium-wide policy, but this way at least helps prevent fans in the lower seats from being injured from cans flying from the highest seats.

The Jays host the Royals in Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) over three straight days beginning Monday night (FS1). Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.

Mario Coutinho, vice president of stadium operations and security, said that the new policy for beer sales was the only change made for the ALCS.

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"We reviewed all our staffing levels and police deployment and we’re confident that was adequate," Coutinho said. "We did our own internal assessment after (Game 5) with the police and then Major League Baseball followed up as well."

Coutinho wouldn’t say how many Toronto police officers would be at Monday’s game, but said the number was "fairly high."

The Blue Jays reserved the right to cut off beer sales after the fifth inning if there are any problems.

In the seventh inning of Toronto’s Game 5 win over Texas, a raucous crowd turned rowdy when Martin’s seemingly routine return toss to the pitcher hit Texas batter Shin-Soo Choo.

The ball rolled loose and the go-ahead run for the Rangers. During an 18-minute delay to sort out the ruling, fans tossed beer cans among other debris. Many of the cans didn’t reach the field, striking fans in the seats close to the field.

Toronto scored four runs in the bottom of the inning and went on to win 6-3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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