Alexander Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he grabbed a banana off a catering cart at AT&T Park and threw it toward the field in frustration near the end of the Orioles’ 10-2 victory over the struggling Giants.
The banana evidently was thrown in the vicinity of Jones, who angrily tweeted about the incident following the game. Jones, who is black, also criticized people who apparently defended the incident and hinted that he may no longer participate in social media.
Poulides told the Mercury News that he did not intend to create an uproar and stated that he realized how his actions had been portrayed when he turned on the television to watch the news Monday.
“Oh, my god,” Poulides told the newspaper, recounting his realization. “I threw a banana on my way out.”
Jones told reporters before Monday’s game against Arizona that the incident was unfortunate, but that he had bigger things to worry about.
“It’s unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain’t going stop me, myself and the Orioles,” he said. “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?”
The Giants already had launched an investigation of the incident by the time Poulides contacted the Mercury News. The team told the paper that it has not been able to confirm whether Poulides threw the banana.
Poulides, 42, emphasized on multiple occasions that he did not mean to insult Jones.
“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” Poulides told the paper. “In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”