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Man charged in Wrigley cell phone incident

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday night with misdemeanor reckless conduct for allegedly throwing a cell phone onto Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.

Julio Alvarado, who was at the game with a friend, became annoyed with his companion's cell phone and threw it in the direction of third base at the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon, Chicago Police spokeswoman Officer Alice Casanova said.

Alvarado, of Chicago, told police he didn't intend to hit anyone, Casanova said.

Alcohol contributed to Alvar-ado's behavior, Casanova said.

It's not an excuse, but it certainly was a contributing factor. Nevertheless, it's still reckless conduct,'' she said.

Burroughs said it barely hit me.'' He said he then picked it up and handed it to one of the umpires.

Five days earlier, Texas Rangers right fielder Carl Everett was beaned in the back of the head with a cell phone in Oakland.

On April 15, a fan ran on the field at U.S. Cellular Field and attempted to tackle an umpire during a game between the White Sox and visiting Kansas City. Last Sept. 19, Kansas City coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by a father and son who came out of the stands at the same stadium, then called Comiskey Park.

Alvarado is scheduled to appear in court May 29.

CHICAGO (AP) A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday night with misdemeanor reckless conduct for allegedly throwing a cell phone onto Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game.

Julio Alvarado, who was at the game with a friend, became annoyed with his companion's cell phone and threw it in the direction of third base at the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon, Chicago Police spokeswoman Officer Alice Casanova said.

Alvarado, of Chicago, told police he didn't intend to hit anyone, Casanova said.

Alcohol contributed to Alvar-ado's behavior, Casanova said.

It's not an excuse, but it certainly was a contributing factor. Nevertheless, it's still reckless conduct,'' she said.

Burroughs said it barely hit me.'' He said he then picked it up and handed it to one of the umpires.

Five days earlier, Texas Rangers right fielder Carl Everett was beaned in the back of the head with a cell phone in Oakland.

On April 15, a fan ran on the field at U.S. Cellular Field and attempted to tackle an umpire during a game between the White Sox and visiting Kansas City. Last Sept. 19, Kansas City coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by a father and son who came out of the stands at the same stadium, then called Comiskey Park.

Alvarado is scheduled to appear in court May 29.



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