Monday, August 20, 2012
Delmarva Shorebirds 3rd Baseman Jason Esposito Throws F Bomb Tantrum At 16 Year Old Fan
At the Delmarva Shorebirds Game on the 17th which I happened to be in attendance for, the Shore Birds players were auctioning off their special ravens jerseys to benefit the relay for life team. A 16 year old fan, a season ticket holder, was celebrating her birthday. She won the jersey of 3rd baseman Jason Esposito who promptly tried to buy it back from her for his girlfriend after the game.
The 16 year old fan politely told him she wanted to keep it as that was what she wanted for her birthday. She had taken herself out of the other auctions because she had won this one. Well it seems Jason got ticked off at this and dropped 2 f bombs on the girl which made her break down in tears. He then slops an autograph on it and takes off. The girls father who is in law enforcement asked her what was wrong seeing she was obviously upset. She then threw the jersey at him and said she didn't want it and told him what had happened. The Father spoke to Chris Bitters the general manager who then spoke to Manager Ryan Minor. The Father told them to keep the jersey if that was the way Esposito was going to act. The General Manager worked hard to make things right and got the girl another jersey and gave them their money back.
The punishment for this outrageous behavior? He got chewed out but was playing in Saturday nights game. The season ticket holders booed him loudly but I think more punishment is deserved for this ridiculous behavior on his part. I guess Ryan Minor didn't feel the behavior warranted benching. The following day when out signing autographs seemed to snub the girl when she tried to get an item autographed by him even though he was signing right beside her. This behavior is appalling for a player to treat a fan like that for no reason.
original post 8/19 8:30pm