Fan throws banana at Adam Jones at AT&T Park
Giants fan Alexander Poulides claims that he tossed the banana without aiming at anyone on the field in particular. (AP IMAGES)
On Sunday a banana was tossed onto the field at AT&T Park, landing near Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. The All-Star outfielder took to Twitter to voice his disgust for what appeared to be a racist act.
I want to thank whatever slap**** 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
Now, the fan that tossed the banana is speaking out. Alexander Poulides, a Bay Area resident, has admitted to throwing the fruit onto the field, but explained to the San Jose Mercury News that his action was not racially motivated, but was instead in response to the Giants' poor play.
"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."
Poulides, 42, claims that he picked up the banana from a fruit cart and tossed it without aiming at anyone on the field in particular. The Orioles won the rubber game of the weekend series against the Giants with a 10-2 victory on Sunday. Jones hit a three-run home run to add to the Orioles' run total in the ninth inning and drove in a run earlier in the game with a double.
Jones had a right to be sensitive. There are numerous instances of bananas being thrown at professional athletes with racial undertones.
The Giants looked at surveillance footage after the incident but couldn't confirm the identity of Poulides. They issued a statement to the media on Monday condemning the action and apologizing to Jones.