A San Francisco Giants fan admitted that he threw a banana during a game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but said the gesture came out of frustration with his team and was not racially motivated.
Alexander Poulides, 42, said he learned of the uproar over the incident, in which the banana landed near center fielder Adam Jones at AT&T Park, when he turned on the news.
“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. “In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”
The Orioles scored 10 unanswered runs Sunday, with Jones adding a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. As Poulides left the ballpark in the bottom of the inning, he said he picked up a banana from a catering stand and heaved it.
The Giants studied surveillance video but were unable to confirm that Poulides was the perp. On Monday, the team apologized, particularly to Jones, in a statement. “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 incident was not captured on video and became public when Jones tweeted: “I want to thank whatever [expletive] threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jackass.”
By Monday night, he said he was moving on.
“It’s unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain’t going stop me, myself and the Orioles,” he said (via Fox Sports). “We have games to win. It’s mid-August. I’ve got a bigger concern in my head than someone’s ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?”