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Man Arrested For Allegedly Throwing Beer Can At Alex Cora During Red Sox Parade

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston police arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday for allegedly throwing a beer can at Red Sox manager Alex Cora during the Red Sox victory parade.

The unopened "Natural Light" can hit Cora on board the duck boat in the area of 560 Boylston Street at about 11:40 a.m. police said. Cora was not hurt.

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Patrick Connolly's mug shot (WBZ-TV)

The department said Patrick Connolly, of Sandwich, is charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. The Bryant University student appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

"I love Cora, I didn't mean to hit him," Connolly told officers, according to a police report.

Video tweeted by Sox fan Bo Tilly and taken in the same area as the arrest shows beer being thrown at Cora, who points into the crowd after being hit.

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(Image credit: John Stefani)

Fans tossed multiple cans of beer at Red Sox players during the parade; one nearly pelted MVP candidate Mookie Betts. The Associated Press reported that a beer can thrown during the parade hit one of Boston's four World Series trophies, slightly damaging it. At least one fan was hit by a flying beer can and had to go to the hospital for stitches, according to the Boston Globe.

Five other fans were arrested. Ben Carbonneau, 20, of New Hampshire was arrested and charged with drinking in public. Nicholas San Antonio, 19, of Rhode Island was arrested and charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol. Aliza Hacking and Santina Vanesse, both 19 and from Boston, were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. And a 17-year-old boy from Somerville was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute class B and class D narcotics.

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