By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
6:14 PM CDT, August 12, 2013
After driving in four runs – including a three-run homer in the ninth – in the Orioles’ 10-2 win over the Giants on Sunday afternoon, center fielder Adam Jones took to Twitter claiming that a banana was thrown at him from the stands at AT&T Park in the bottom of the ninth inning.
I’m not going to post the tweet itself because Jones used choice language – Jones’ Twitter handle is @SimplyAJ10 to see it yourself – but here’s the gist:
“I want to thank whatever [expletive] threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u [expletive].”
Jones didn’t mention the incident to the media during postgame interviews Sunday, but his tweet has picked up plenty of interest online. As of 10:45 p.m. EST, it was retweeted more than 1,680 times and favorited nearly 900 times.
He addressed reporters in Arizona on Monday as the team prepared to face the Diamondbacks.
"It’s unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain’t gonna stop me, myself and the Orioles," Jones said. "We have games to win. It’s mid-August. I’ve got a bigger concern on my head than someone’s ignorance or act of whatever.”
Some of Jones’ interaction over the tweet prompted him to tweet that he will likely get off social media soon. Jones is one of the game’s most active players on Twitter. He has more than 128,000 followers on Twitter.
A Giants fan contacted the San Jose Mercury News on Monday saying that he grabbed a banana off a catering cart and hurled it toward the field in disgust over his team's loss -- and that it was not racially motivated.
The Giants told the newspaper that they were unable to immediately confirm that the fan was the culprit and were continuing to investigate the incident.
Giants senior director of media relations Jim Moorehead said Sunday night that the Giants had received no reports of any incident of anyone throwing an object onto the field in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he added that the club would follow up Monday by reviewing the stadium's security cameras.
After doing so, the team put out the following statement just before 1 p.m.
"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."
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