SAN FRANCISCO –- Adam Jones was an early user of social media, and he’s often enjoyed using it to encourage Orioles fans as well as give them a glimpse into his taste in food.
On Sunday night, Jones used it for another reason—to denounce someone who he said threw a banana at him in the ninth inning of the Orioles’ game in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
“I want to thank whatever [jerk] threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u [jerk],” Jones tweeted.
Jones, who had hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning in the Orioles’ 10-2 victory, did not mention the incident in his postgame comments.
Later Sunday night, he said that he’d received some negative reaction to his disclosure.
“I love how some ppl are defending the actions by someone today. Shows how u really are also. All good wit me. I just #StayHungry, he wrote.
Still later, he wrote that he might have to leave Twitter. However, early Monday morning, Jones, who also received a number of positive comments from his followers was back to his old tricks.
“Just smashed some tamales,” he wrote.
Jones, who is hitting 17-for-36 in his last nine games, is expected to address the incident Monday night when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Phoenix with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The San Francisco Giants released a statement on the matter Monday morning, standing behind Jones in denouncing the act:
"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."