Adam Jones says fan threw banana at him during Orioles-Giants game

Monday August 12th, 2013

Adam Jones, OriolesAdam Jones is in the midst of another superb year, batting .304 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

After the Orioles beat the Giants 10-2 on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, Baltimore centerfielder Adam Jones sent the following tweet:

Jones hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth and was 2-for-4 with four RBIs in the game.

Thus far no video of the incident has surfaced and neither team's broadcast captured or mentioned it. If true, this would go far beyond the usual objections to fans throwing objects on the field -- it interrupts the action of the game and endangers the players -- because of the disturbing racial subtext of a fan lobbing a banana at an African-American player, one I'm happy to say did not occur to me upon hearing about the incident. I've since learned that such banana-throwing incidents are "a rampant problem" in European soccer. Contrary to that USA Today report, however, fans can purchase fresh fruit at AT&T park at the Farmer's Market in section 218, which is behind home plate.

Per a report in The Baltimore Sun, the Giants' senior director of media relations, Jim Moorehead, said that security camera footage will be reviewed on Monday in an attempt to confirm Jones' claim, though it's hard to imagine why Jones, who didn't mention the incident in post-game interviews, would make such a thing up. If footage of the incident can be found and the fan can be identified, one hopes that the Giants will take action to prevent that individual from attending future games.

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