SAN DIEGO — Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones said a fan in right field at Petco Park was berating him with profane language on Wednesday, and he spoke with ballpark security to have the fan removed from the game.
Jones has had past incidents with fans spewing racial insults – notably at Fenway Park in 2017 – but he said this did not rise to that level.
“These fans in sports, man, they’re starting to get a little more brazen,” Jones said. “I’ve said it many times, and obviously I’ve had altercations with fans. My biggest thing is, keep the banter polite – we suck, I struck out, the team’s not good. Keep it light, keep it smart. There’s kids in the stadium. But the second you start cussing me out like I’m a little kid, that’s a no-no.
“On the street, they’d never do that. In the ballpark when you’ve paid your admission, there’s no need for all that stuff. The second I hear somebody cussing us out, you’re gone. I could care less that they’re gone. That’s just how it is. I made a nice play, and just hearing the B-word, F-word, that’s not baseball talk. So … he gone.”
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Jones heard the fan when he ranged toward the right-field corner in the fifth inning to catch a drive off the bat of the Padres’ Eric Hosmer.
Jones was even more disappointed – and baffled – that the incident occurred here in his hometown.
“Last night, we had some people being real ignorant above our dugout,” Jones said. “I told them, ‘I’m from San Diego. Watch what you say to me. I’m from here. That means all my boys is here. So, be aware.’ ”