We can always rely on Cubs fans to keep our job interesting. Here are a few folks who have already impressed us with their alleged game day antics in Wrigleyville:
A Real Kick In The Gut
A Logan Square woman was kicked in the stomach by a Chicago Police Department horse outside of Wrigley Field after her boyfriend scared the animal by slapping it on the butt following the Cubs’ home opener, according to department records.
Her boyfriend was charged with one count of reckless conduct in connection with the incident which played out minutes after the Cubs won their first home game of the season last Monday, court records say.
Police officers working the Cubs detail said that they were standing on the corner of Clark and Addison at 10:05PM when they allegedly saw the man walk up and slap “Police Horse Kelly” on the right hind quarter. A third officer was seated atop Kelly at the time of the incident, the cops said.
“This action caused Police Horse Kelly to become startled and kick [the 23-year-old woman] in the midsection,” an officer said.
An ambulance was called for the victim, but she later declined medical attention.
Have A Ball
A 32-year-old Hanover, IN, man is charged with reckless conduct after police assigned to Sunday’s Cubs game saw him drive recklessly through Wrigleyville and throw a baseball into a crowd of fans outside the stadium, court records say.
Officers working the Addison Red Line station said James Bruce committed “numerous traffic violations” and “[threw] a league baseball out the window of his car into a crowd of people standing outside of Wrigley Field.”
Bruce then “opened the driver’s side door of his vehicle in traffic while he was driving north on Sheffield. [He] then drove in reverse on Sheffield with cars traveling in both directions and large crowds of people nearby,” one cop wrote.
32-year-old Joe Budnick of Aurora is charged with retail theft after the manager of a Wrigleyville souvenir shop told police that he had been caught shoplifting before Saturday’s game.
The manager of Sports World, 3555 N. Clark, said he saw Budnick stuff a Cubs jersey and a Chicago flag hat down his shorts before walking out of the store without paying, a police report says. Retail value: $88.20
2016 Cubs home game arrest statistics:
- Number of home games played: 6
- Number of arrests: 10
- Arrestee sex: 9 male, 1 female
- Arrestee average age: 27.9
- Most common charges: Battery (3); Reckless conduct (3)
- Most common arrestee home towns: Chicago (2); Aurora (2)
Editor’s note: Some elements of this story were updated on June 16, 2022.