Dollar beers always seem like a good idea. And then next thing you know, a couple of lubed up fans are throwing suds at the opposition and suddenly, ballpark beers turn to fears. At least that’s what happened at a minor league ballpark in Jersey earlier this week.
A literal ‘Malice in the Palace’ style brawl between players and fans in the stands of the NJ Jackals game just broke out while @NjTank99 was judging a hotdog contest on the other side of the stadium.
Dollar Beer night in independent baseball hits different pic.twitter.com/yBT4qthRAL
— TJ (RUTGERS) (@TJHitchings) July 16, 2021
While (apparently) a few cups deep, a handful of fans at the Sussex County Miners – New Jersey Jackals minor league tilt found themselves in the middle of a brawl, after showering the Miners with beer. Montclair State University police were called to the scene shortly after the ballpark stands began to resemble WrestleMania . Following the brawl-ensuing brew bath, a number of spectators were either arrested or ejected, though no injuries were reported.
Montclair State spokesman Andrew Mess addressed the scrum in an email to northjersey.com: “By the time University Police arrived, players were already moving back into the dugout and Jackals personnel were in the process of ejecting several fans from the stadium.”
After a short break in the action for a little hand-to-hand combat, the Miners and Jackals returned to the field at Yogi (dollar) Berra Stadium to finish their Independent League game. After a literal, hard-fought game, the Miners claimed a 15-14 victory.
This is hardly the first, and surely not the last time beer, minors, and the police will be getting together.