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Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2001

Cubs’ Tavarez derides Pacific Bell Park fans

April 29, 2001

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— Chicago Cubs pitcher Julian Tavarez, angry at being booed at Pacific Bell Park on Saturday, referred to fans with a profanity and a term derogatory toward gays.

"They should come here to enjoy the game and be happy the Giants won," he said of the fans, who jeered him throughout the Cubs' 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Tavarez, who used to play for the Giants, got into a fight with San Francisco third baseman Russ Davis during a spring training game on March 26. Thinking Tavarez was taunting him after striking out, Davis charged the mound.

Davis had just returned to action Friday night after serving a two-game suspension for the bench-clearer. Tavarez was suspended five games and fined $1,000.

Tavarez was booed loudly by the crowd Saturday whenever he batted. He also was taunted when he ran to tag out Marvin Benard in the third inning, rather than tossing the ball to first baseman Julio Zuleta.

Tavarez said the fans started razzing him Friday night as he sat in the bullpen. He maintained some threw eggs at him.

"I played here three years and never had a problem. We're not mean to the fans. I always sign autographs," he said.

"Now they have the right to throw eggs in the bullpen? That's not right."

Tavarez's confrontation Saturday was the third ugly incident in three days involving visiting players and fans at Pac Bell.

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