Monday, August 12, 2013

Orioles Player Says Someone Threw a Banana At Him at AT&T Park; Incident Gets Scant Attention Here; UPDATE: Statement from Giants

Adam Jones Says A Giants Fan Threw A Banana At Him


It's not shocking anymore that dumb people will do dumb things. Especially baseball fans who've consumed a lot of beer.

What is surprising is that an incident in SF's crown jewel of a ballpark received scant attention locally, while the national sporting press has reported it across the board.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder, Adam Jones, says someone threw a banana at him in the 9th inning in Sunday's finale against the Giants. I can't imagine Jones would make up such a serious accusation.

Outside of a few morning shows, the alleged incident didn't get a lot of play here. I didn't hear many radio shows but I did see a few TV newscasts. Not a word. That's disturbing.

Except here.

And here.

The Chronicle had an account buried on the inside of its print edition and online.

UPDATE: 10: 32 AM PT: The Giants released this statement.

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44 comments:

  1. Here we go, Rich will dwell on banana gate till the cows come home. I'm sure he'll pepper it with some race based angle.

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    1. Drive by opinion predictably giving rich a cyber hand job. Nothing new there.

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    2. Not in any way meant to be disrespectful, but WHY do you come here then? To scorn for scorn's sake? To rip just to rip, devoid of any real thought. If you don't like my site and it causes you such angst, then maybe you shouldn't come here and chastise me and/or my readers.

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    3. Thanks Rich, you really made my day! Keep up the good work!

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    4. You know what Rich, I appreciate your reply and apology. I'll take you up on your suggestion/ultimatum to stay away.

      I would like to leave you with a few thoughts.
      First, without reading the story links or tags, I accurately predicted there would be a race related angle and after reading the links, my suspicions were true. It's a piece of fruit for christ sake. You like to stir the race pot but never do anything constructive to solve the issue.

      Secondly, I can't think of one site/blog besides yours that doesn't allow multiple perspectives of an issue to bat around without the admin getting pushed out of shape so easily. My comments that agree with your position get published without fail but many that conflict with your ideology are never seen. You're an extremely fragile guy.

      Allow me to reciprocate the apology, 415 media just isn't for everyone.



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    5. If Lieberman is so sensitive, he shouldn't accept comments.

      He states his opinion about something and anyone who disagrees gets the "don't read my blog comment."

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  2. I think Vern mentioned it on the 6:30 Sunday night. Or maybe it was this morning on 2. Time has become a blur.

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  3. The Guy just wanted to make sure he was getting his fruit.You need to mix your performance enhancers with something.

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  4. Because it was SF. Protecting the SF brand is a full time job. If this happened in Oakland, there would be endless Oakland bashing. Remember the Niners/Raiders preseason debacle that was exclusively Niner fans fighting at Candlestick? They tried to blame it on Raiders fans even though the last preseason with these teams at Oracle was problem free. Uncovered security and preseason ticket distribution problems not to mention big gripes from Niner season ticket holders.

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  5. To twist up a phrase by Dr. Freud, "Sometimes a Banana is just a Banana". Play Ball, dammit!

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  6. Your right Rich. Couldn't fined anything locally this morning but tons on the national level. Turned on KNBR and nothing. Would like to know if it was race motivated or just some goofy fan who had nothing more than a banana to throw at Adams..

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  7. Oh please!! It got no play because it's a non-story. Hello!! not everything is about race.

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  8. Rich -

    I share your disdain and distaste of the KNBR morning zoo, but I think that you ought to (in fairness) praise Mike and Murph and Krukow on his segment for coming out hard on this issue this morning.

    I don't usually listen to them, but I did this morning and they repeatedly talked about how throwing bananas was typically interpreted as a racist act and how unacceptable it was.

    I know you said "outside of a few morning shows," but when the morning show of the Giants' flagship station (of which you are often very critical) does exactly what you're saying they should do, they deserve praise.

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  9. Hey 9:24
    You sound white.

    Disagree re "scant attention", that (and bullpen collapse of Giants) was major topic on KNBR last night, was reported on KCBS this morning and I saw it on at least 2 local newscasts in addition to sfgate.com.

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  10. Real banana or one of Darya's "toys"?

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    1. Is it wrong that I would sniff that?

      Love me some Darya.

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  11. Rich you should not be surprised.
    The local media will do their darn best to coverup anything that brings harm or tarnishes the image of the beloved SF Giants.
    Round up the usual suspects in this order:
    1. The San Francisco Chronicle
    2. KNBR
    3. The Mercury News

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    1. Too bad you aren't following your 1,2 and 3.
      You would see that it has been reported, and in the case of KNBR been talked to death.

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  12. OK, so an idiot threw a banana. Rich, why are you outraged about that when you're not outraged by the daily murders in the Bay Area?

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  13. Jeez Rich, I can't avoid the story on radio, tv or internet.

    You been listening to old podcasts from your show or something?

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  14. I hope the Orioles do not play the Dodgers anytime soon, in the land of lala they throw bullets.

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  15. http://www.mercurynews.com/giants/ci_23844386/giants-apologize-orioles-adam-jones-banana-thrown

    The alleged perp explains his dastardly deed.

    (I thought it was dropped by a seagull, I stand corrected)

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  16. I was reading some of the comments on the Yahoo article about this last night. I also read comments on a few other websites. Apparently this "melting pot of diversity" that everyone likes to claim is such a glorious wonderland here in the Bay Area...does indeed include alot of racism.

    I've seen and heard it all firsthand from family, friends, coworkers. The funniest is when my Asian friends start talking about the other Asian races. I would have never expected it.

    Koreans feel they're the superior race
    and dislike all others (how many Korean neighbors have actually become close with you?), the Chinese cant stand Koreans and Vietnamese, Hispanics dislike Blacks, Blacks dislike Whites, anti-Hispanic mentality everywhere.

    Racism is alive and well. You're foolish to think "oh not in the Bay Area".

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    1. And we all loath the Albanians.

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    2. @3:49 Am I the only one that remembers Coach's song on Cheers to help him remember Albania for his college geography test?

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    3. It's borders on the Adriatic.

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  17. Europeans have been throwing bananas at black soccer players for years. It certainly is intended to be a form of racial slur. We have a race problem in this country because even when faced with real acts of bigotry, all some can do is deny, deny, deny.

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    1. My wife is Chinese but we didn't mind when people threw rice her way at our wedding.

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    2. If this were a bottle, yeah it's worth hyperventilating about. But a banana? These are guys who routinely have to duck out of the way of oncoming pitches, and occasionally get hit by baseballs thrown at speeds in excess of 90 mph. So if any of them are intimidated by a banana, they're in the wrong business. Yeah, it was disrespectful, but nobody's ever claimed that there are no drunken jerk in the stands.

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  18. What about when I'm called "white craker"? Is that okay?

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  19. Damon talked all about it. Radnich talked all about it. Damon even had a report from the guy who claimed responsibility. Get you facts straight before you pop off. You're starting to sound like KTVU.

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    1. Rich never lets facts get in the way of presenting himself as a courageous, crusader for whatever it is he's claiming to be.

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  20. Now that Rich has run NAMEGATE into the ground he's looking for another story to over inflate.

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  21. I would have loved for that person to have tried something like that with a lot of Black people present so he could have got his ass kicked.

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  22. Lieberman is so transparent.

    He constructs straw men like, oh no one cares about this outrage but me, and then celebrates how sensitive and caring he is by destroying his own phony straw man.

    Rich, is there anything else in your bag of tricks other than complaining that the media gives either too much or too little attention to various stories?

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  23. Lots of twisted, adolescent fantasies exposed here. How many of you write newscopy for KTVU?

    Blacks kicking the asses of whites? Lucky if you didn't stain your keyboard typing that. If that's the kind of thing you get off on, I direct your attention to the crime reports -- there's more than enough black on white violence there to meet your sexual gratification needs.

    Real acts of bigotry? Why not wait for a few facts before jumping to conclusions? Oh, I forgot, jumping to politically correct conclusions is the favored sport of progressives.

    People or places free of racism? Given today's force-fit, outrage-on-demand approach to defining racism, there are no such people nor any such place -- no matter what your sociology professor may have preached as he robbed you of your ability to think. Grow up.

    Adam Jones "says someone threw a banana at him." Wrong, Mr. Lieberman. Jones tweeted that someone threw a banana "towards my direction," which is about as non-specific as a description can get. Not the commonly used "at me," or "towards me," or even the admittedly vague "in my direction," but nonetheless just enough to make him a victim in the eyes of those who salivate at the thought of fresh victims.

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  24. Where is the Banana now? If he ate it than he can not Bitch about it.

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  25. Giants fans are the biggest front runners in the Bay Area. The true fans are the ones who go to 49ers, Warriors, Sharks and yes OAKLAND ATHLETICS games. One of the main reasons why the stadium sells out is because of the stadium. It also helps that the Giants have won two World Series titles as well.

    But most of them are a spoiled lot and take away from the diehards who braved Candlestick Park and are now at the new place.

    Probably one of those front running fans who probably got free tickets from someone put the banana in Adam Jones' tailpipe ("Beverly Hills Cop" joke). Probably was someone who isn't a native of the Bay Area but has lived here for so long that he/she considers themselves as a native.

    And yes, you have to be dumb as a bag of rocks not to realize that the press does protect the Giants. Why? Who knows. The coverage is so slanted that it's not funny. It's pretty pathetic.

    Grab some pine meat!

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  26. "Oh please!! It got no play because it's a non-story. Hello!! not everything is about race."

    Perhaps if the idiot had thrown a peach or strawberry your assertion would have merit.

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    1. You've figured it out. That the fan purposely picked a banana out of his basket of fruit -- rather than a handy kiwi, mango, etc. -- is proof positive of his racism.

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