Orioles outfielder Adam Jones took to Twitter after yesterday's 10-2 win in San Francisco to complain about a fan tossing a banana onto the field. The Giants say they have no record of the incident.
Jones hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth, capping off a blowout win and series victory over the last-place Giants. It was when he took the field in the bottom of the ninth that Jones says the banana-thrower struck.
A banana thrown at a black player is a racially motivated gesture, one that has a long and ignominious history in European soccer and, in recent years, has even popped up in Canadian hockey arenas. But American sports have largely remained banana-free, and the Giants are taking the report seriously. Neither the Giants' media relations director nor their VP of ballpark operations had received any reports of a banana thrown on the field, though they will review surveillance footage of the ninth inning.