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Charges filed against beer-throwing fan

May 16, 2005

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— The Coliseum fan who threw a cup of beer at Yankees slugger Jason Giambi will face multiple criminal charges, officials said Sunday.

Eric Anduri of Lafayette, Calif., spent Saturday night in jail after pelting Giambi with the beer when the former Oakland Athletics star returned to the New York dugout after flying out in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 15-6 victory.

Anduri, whose age wasn't available, was arrested and charged with battery, public intoxication and throwing objects on the field, said David Rinetti, the A's vice president of stadium operations.

A spokesman for the Oakland Police Department would not confirm the charges Sunday.

Giambi, the longtime A's slugger who won the 2000 AL Most Valuable Player award while playing for Oakland, has been booed loudly at the Coliseum ever since he left Oakland in December 2001 to sign a seven-year contract with the Yankees.

He handled the situation with his usual good nature, praising the quick actions of Coliseum security and declining to pursue any additional charges against the fan.

"It's over. There's nothing to talk about," Giambi said before the series finale Sunday.

The Yankees expressed concern for the latest strange incident involving overzealous fans in Oakland, and they were particularly dismayed to see Giambi treated that way in his former home.

"He's had so many good years here, you'd think people would remember that," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "But when a fan tries to become part of the game, it becomes a dangerous situation, and we're concerned about it."

Such situations seem to happen with alarming frequency at the Coliseum, though high-profile altercations also have occurred in Chicago, Milwaukee and other cities in recent years.

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