(HOUSTON) – The 2022 World Series-winning Houston Astros are widely considered to have one of the best pitching rotations in Major League Baseball this season, but it was a beer can thrown at Texas Sen . Ted Cruz by one of their fans who might end up being the most controversial.
The incident happened during the World Series victory parade on Monday afternoon as tens of thousands of Houston Astros fans lined Smith Street in downtown Houston to celebrate the newly crowned champions . Cruz, who rode in the back of a Humvee while waving to the gathered crowd, was struck by a beer can as he drove along the parade route, according to the Houston Police Department.
“A 33-year-old man threw a can of beer at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz while the senator was on a tank in the 2400 block of Smith St,” the Houston Police Department confirmed in a social media statement. following the incident. “Nearby HPD officers arrested the man without further incident.”
The Houston Police Department said Cruz was struck in the head and neck and did not require medical attention after being struck.
Cruz, who was inundated with boos – along with other politicians – from the crowd as he passed, tweeted a video of the incident along with a statement about the assault.
“As always, I’m grateful to the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action,” Cruz said. “I’m also grateful that the clown who threw his White Claw got a noodle for an arm.”
As always, I am grateful to the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their prompt action.
I’m also grateful that the clown who threw his White Claw got a noodle for an arm. https://t.co/CRSfNHckA2
—Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2022
The 33-year-old suspect was apprehended immediately after he allegedly threw the can at Cruz and was taken to jail where he will face assault charges, according to the Houston Police Department. His name and booking photo will be released once formal charges are filed.
Cruz wasn’t the only politician to take part in the Astros’ victory parade. U.S. Representatives Sylvia Garcia and Lizzie Fletcher were also riding the Humvee with Senator and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was in a vehicle ahead of them while U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee was in the vehicle behind the one Cruz was riding on.
The Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series at home at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night after beating the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in Game 6 and winning the World Series four games to two. It is their second World Series title in six years and the first since 2017.
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