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Adam Jones has fan ejected from Petco Park

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Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones had a fan ejected from Petco Park in San Diego yesterday afternoon. Jones said that the fan was “cussing me out” as Jones fielded a fly ball.

Jones — who is from San Diego — spoke to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic after the game and explained:

“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.”

Jones added, “I made a nice play, and just hearing the B-word, F-word, that’s not baseball talk. So … he gone.” He also noted that the matter was simply one of vulgarity and that the fan did not use any racial language, the sort of which he was subjected to in Fenway Park in a much-publicized incident back in 2017.

As of press time we are unaware of people crawling out of the woodwork to say that Jones was making this up like they said about the 2017 incident. I suppose they only do that to reflexively beat back claims of racism that upset their view of society.

 

 

Anthony Rizzo to wear walking boot for five to seven days

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.

Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.

Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.