Giants fans chase Rockies with barrage of litter

Updated: August 5, 2006, 1:57 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Colorado Rockies left the field in the ninth inning of Friday night's 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants after fans threw garbage following the ejection of Barry Bonds.

Ground Crew
Marcio Jose Sanchez /AP PhotoGrounds crew members pick up debris thrown by Giants fans reacting to the ejection of Barry Bonds.
Bonds was batting in the ninth when he began arguing with plate umpire Ron Kulpa about a called second strike. Kulpa immediately ejected the Giants' slugger, who got in the umpire's face and began yelling.

"There were two unprofessional people out there at that moment," Bonds said. "He was very unprofessional and so was I. What happens on the field stays on the field and that's all I have to say about it."

Bonds returned to the dugout, sat down and crossed his arms as fans responded by throwing garbage, including beer bottles, onto the field from all directions.

"I don't care about that," Bonds said. "We're trying to win games, that's all. It happened, it happened. It's over with. Let's go get ready for tomorrow."

The Rockies left the field and retreated into their dugout to avoid being hit while fans chanted "Barry! Barry!"

Security came onto the field and so did a large cleanup crew, causing about 11-minute delay. Fans also threw things at the umpires as they were escorted off the field after the game.

"Barry didn't like strike two. He thought it was down and I told him it was not down," Kulpa said. "It was a good pitch and I'd been calling that pitch all night. We talked about the pitch, Barry and I. It was getting heated. I warned him, and then he crossed the line and said something he shouldn't have said. After I warned him twice, [at] that point he was ejected.

"I gave Barry a lot of rope in that situation. It was a big part of the ballgame. I gave him every opportunity to stay in the ballgame, and he crossed the line. When you cross the line, I have a job to do."

Bonds hit his 723rd career home run in the seventh. He sent a 2-1 pitch from Jeff Francis over the wall in center for his 15th home run of the year. He is 32 homers from tying home run king Hank Aaron's record of 755.

The 42-year-old Bonds hadn't homered since July 20 against San Diego, a span of 26 at-bats.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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