A San Diego Padres fan took aim at Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones on Wednesday, and the star wasn’t having the language spewed in his direction.
Jones had the fan ejected from Petco Field after speaking with ballpark security, citing vulgar language.
“These fans in sports, man, they’re starting to get a little more brazen,” Jones said, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. “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.”
Jones also was upset that he was getting that kind of treatment in his hometown of San Diego, and he issued a veiled threat on that subject.
“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.’”
This isn’t the first time Jones has had run-ins with fans, either. Most notable was his incident at Fenway Park in which he said a fan hurled racial insults his way.