Adam Jones, Baltimore Outfielder, Says Giants Fan Tossed Banana at Him
Update: Giants issue statement -- see end
I want to thank whatever slapdick threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jackass.-- Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) August 11, 2013
Update: Giants fan claims his angry banana toss has been misconstrued -- see end
Sigmund Freud never said it, but, sometimes, a banana really is more than a banana.
Update, 11:20 a.m. The San Francisco Giants today issued the following statement which appears to indirectly confirm that a banana was, indeed, tossed Jones' way:
We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday. The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark. While we have been investigating the matter since we learned of the situation, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the person responsible. We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident. The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans.Update, 4 p.m.: A 42-year-old man named Alexander Poulides has told the San Jose Mercury News that he tossed a banana onto the field during yesterday's game, but that it was not intended as a racist statement against Adam Jones.
Instead, he claims he grabbed a banana off a catering cart and hurled it out of the bleachers in frustration over yet another dismal Giants loss. Poulides told that paper that his frustration was with the home team, not Jones -- "I'm embarrassed and shocked by the outcome. In hindsight, I wish I didn't do it and I apologize. I'm very sorry."
SF Weekly phoned the Giants communications department querying what ramifications may befall Poulides. An official there said that decision won't be made "until we gather all our information and finish our investigation."
Earlier this year, longtime bleacher fixture Tim "Dawg" Perrin was barred from his front-row seats after interfering with a deep fly ball. In that case, however, Perrin didn't embarrass the franchise and its fan base with a perceived racist slur. So it remains to be seen what manner of justice the team will enact against Poulides.