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Odds & Ends-Volume 42


sp-orioles-tigers-p-foxIt surprises me how horrible fans can be to opposing players sometimes, and what took place on Sunday at AT&T Park should never happen.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Jones claimed that a fan threw a banana from the stands in Baltimore’s 10-2 win on Sunday in the ninth inning.

“I want to thank whatever slapdick threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jackass,” Jones said on his Twitter account.

I have to say,that is great use of the word slapdick,but we’re getting off topic a little.

It turns out the jackass in question has come forward. Bay area resident Alexander Poulides has stepped forward in claiming responsibility. The 42-year-old claims it was not racially motivated,but rather in disgust over the team’s poor play that afternoon. Jones is black.

“I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” Poulides said. “In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”

The Giants released a statement Monday,apologizing for what happened.

“We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday,” the statement said. “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.”

Jones had every right to be sensitive towards what happened Sunday. Poulides’ behavior is idiotic and unacceptable and paints Giants fans in a bad light which to me is undeserved. Many Giants fans like myself are not this hostile to other players on other teams. I hope this man knows how bad his mistake is and how the rest of the Giants’ fan base has to pay for it by now being labeled as a bunch of racists.

I understand how bad this season has been and continues to be, but it is no excuse to throw things at the other team.

I don’t care what Ahmad Brooks says, he still owes his team an apology.ABrooks55

The 49ers linebacker said Thursday night that he feels no apology is warranted for hitting teammate Lamar Divens in the face with a bottle three times and punching him in the face during an argument on the morning of June 8. Brooks also threatened to get a gun. Divens received a three-inch gash on his forehead. Charges were never filed.

“I have nothing to say about it right now,” Brooks said after San Francisco’s 10-6 exhibition loss to the Denver Broncos. “It’s a distraction to the team and I just want to move forward. It’s in the past. What happened obviously happened. It’s a distraction to the team, so I don’t think it needs to be talked about. It’s not about football, and that’s how I want to approach it.”

It may not be about football, but it is about accountability and personal responsibility and Brooks needs to be responsible for his actions, and part of that is being remorseful for what he did. What he did could have landed him in jail. I am surprised he was never suspended. I bet you anything that if he was a Pittsburgh Steeler, he would have been. Just sayin…

NFLI think fans get a little too into preseason football.

Don’t get me wrong,I am glad football is back in some form, but preseason football is not meant to be taken seriously unless you are fighting for a job on the team. Does it really matter if the 49ers lose in the preseason and the Raiders win? I doubt that it means the season is over for the 49ers and that the Raiders are going to the Super Bowl.

If anything, I truly don’t mind if my team loses in preseason. Case in point,the 2008 Detroit Lions. They won all four of their preseason games and proceeded to lose every single game that actually mattered in the record books that year.

What I look to see in preseason is who might make an impact and who the new guys are and what is in store for the team for the coming year. In all reality it is a bunch of guys who wont be there in a month beating other guys on other teams in the same predicament.
Just dont put too much stock into a preseason win or loss, they don’t set much of a tone in terms of how your regular season is going to go. Ask the 2008 Lions.

I was surprised to hear the Kansas City Royals had a better record than the New York Yankees at this point of the season. Then I looked with my four eyes to confirm it. Are they really having their best season since winning it all in 1985?Royals

Let’s face it, the Royals have not been that competitive of a team in a long,long time. They were never a team that was getting any good talent and their fans always looked to the Yankees spenidn so much on the best talent as the reason why their team was not competitive.

Well,things look to be getting better for the Royals as they may reach their first postseason in 28 years. As of press time, they are four games out of the final Wild Card position in the American League.

I am unsure if something like this will happen, but wouldn’t it be neat if we saw the Royals as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates make the postseason after 20-plus seasons of not making it? I think so, it’s a neat story for baseball and a change of pace for the game to see two also-ran franchises see a re-birth of sorts.


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