MLB notebook: Giants fan apologizes after banana-tossing episode
By Wire Reports
Published: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, 8:48 p.m.
A man died Monday night after falling about 65 feet from an upper deck at Turner Field during a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, according to NBC and Fox affiliates in Atlanta.
The unidentified man was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he later died from injuries sustained in the fall, Atlanta police said.
Police said the man fell from about 65 feet from a platform to a private parking lot shortly after 8:30 p.m.
Monday's accident wasn't the first of its kind to happen at Turner Field, and marked at least the third time a sports fan has fallen from the stands in Atlanta in about a year.
Fan owns up to throwing banana at Giants game
Alexander Poulides flipped on the news Monday afternoon and saw a story about the outcry surrounding the Giants fan who threw an object at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
“Oh my god,” Poulides said. “I threw a banana on my way out.”
Poulides, 42, said he grabbed a banana off a catering cart and hurled it toward the field in disgust at the Giants near the end of a 10-2 loss at AT&T Park on Sunday. The banana apparently sailed toward Jones, who tweeted about the incident after the game.
Poulides stressed repeatedly that the incident was not a racially motivated as some had speculated. He was upset at the Giants, not Jones.
“I'm embarrassed and shocked by the outcome,” the Northern California resident said. “In hindsight, I wish I didn't do it and I apologize. I'm very sorry.”
Reds reinstate Ludwick
The Reds reinstated outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the 60-day disabled list. Ludwick has been out since Opening Day, when he tore cartilage in his right shoulder during a head-first slide into third base against the Los Angeles Angels.
Ludwick had shoulder surgery and couldn't swing for three months.
D'backs put Ross on DL
The Diamondbacks placed outfielder Cody Ross on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated right hip. Ross was carted off the field after stumbling while running to first base in the first inning of Arizona's 9-5 loss to the Mets on Sunday. He was hitting .278 with eight homers and 38 RBI.
Tigers' Infante returns
The Tigers activated second baseman Omar Infante from the disabled list. Infante was put on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle July 4. He was 4 for 19 with one RBI in five games in a rehab assignment at Toledo.
Rosales back with Texas
The wayward saga of infielder Adam Rosales has resumed, with the Rangers again claiming him off waivers from Oakland. In the past two weeks, Rosales has twice been with the Athletics and twice been with the Rangers. Each time he's been cut, the other team acquired him. Rosales is hitting .191 with eight RBI in 51 games, all with the A's.
Rays pick up reliever
The Rays bolstered their bullpen, claiming left-hander Wesley Wright off waivers from the Astros. Wright is 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA and leads AL relievers with 54 appearances. He has struck out 40 in 411⁄3 innings.
Ex-OF Curtis on trial
A trial is under way in West Michigan for ex-major league outfielder Chad Curtis, who is charged with inappropriately touching teen girls. Curtis, 44, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted at the trial. He played for six teams between 1992-2001.
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