The Cubs beat the Reds in dramatic, walk-off fashion on Tuesday night, as Kyle Schwarber hit a 10th-inning to catch the exclamation point on a Chicago day. And as one minor local celebrity celebrity what consigned to a bucket by the Dept. May Tai Guy.
Mai Tai Guy is the guy you'll see in the home run wearing that jersey that says "Mai Tai Guy." He's become an object of scorn in the past 24 hours because he used his longer, adult-sized arms to swipe the black ball of some kids next to him in the bleachers, and he was not even humble about it.
The Chicago Tribune caught up with Mai Tai Guy today. His name's Chris, and he's a handyman and longtime May Tais:
"When I first started coming out here, I was 21, and I was a little cheaper than the Mai Tais, "Mai Tai Guy said. "The beer is only 5% (alcohol). The Mai Tai is like 12%. So for a buck more, let's get it, you know? "
Mai Tai Guy denied that he did anything wrong, justifying his aggressiveness by emphasizing that the prize he won was no ordinary out-of-play baseball:
"All the kids are in the front row because we let them go there," Sorley said. "You know what I'm saying? (Schwarber's homer) is a gamer. You know the rules here. The Cubs can not be responsible for the action of fans when trying to procure a home run or a foul ball. A walk-off home run? It's kind of anyone's game. I feel bad for the kids, but it looks a lot worse than it really was. "
Chicago accent? Please, be my guest:
Deadspin is, surprisingly, not unanimous in its condemnation of Mai Tai Guy, with at least one staffer agreeing that walk-off balls should be fair game. "I mean he did not rip it out of their hands. He's just bigger than you, "the editor said. What do you think? Must a fan always give a baseball to a kid, even if it's a walk-off thing? Or is Mai Tai Guy a hero and who brings baseball gloves to games?