Towards the end of the Giants’ 10-2 loss to the Orioles at AT&T Park on Sunday, one fan did the not very cool thing of throwing a banana towards the direction of O’s outfielder Adam Jones.
The Giants immediately launched an investigation that didn’t really turn up much information. That might not matter anymore because one fan who says he’s the guilty party has apparently stepped forward after hearing about the incident on the news Monday morning. However, he claims that his behavior wasn’t racially driven.
42-year-old Alexander Poulides says that the act was instead one of frustration with yet another sad display by the Giants. According to the Mercury News, Poulides says he grabbed the banana off of a food cart as he was leaving and hurled it in the direction of the field in anger. Racial undertones or not, that’s still a huge no-no, and he’ll probably have to face punishment for it.
Above all, Poulides stressed repeatedly that the incident was not a racially motivated, as some had speculated. He was upset at the Giants, not Jones.
“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” the Northern California resident said. “In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”
The Giants said they were unable to immediately confirm that Poulides was the culprit and were continuing to investigate the incident.
Earlier on Monday the Giants issued a statement apologizing to Jones:
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.
The lesson here: Don’t throw stuff onto the playing field.