San Francisco Giants Owner, President, and CEO, Larry Baer was involved in a physical altercation with his wife on Friday afternoon, that was caught on video.
Reports surfaced this afternoon that San Francisco Giants Owner, President and CEO, Larry Baer, was involved in a physical altercation with his wife in Hayes Valley, a neighborhood of San Francisco.
Both The San Francisco Chronicle and TMZ broke reports around the same time. TMZ was the first to have the video of the altercation.
To recap the video, Baer and his wife seemed to be fighting over something in her hand, a paper or cell-phone. As he tried to pull whatever was in her hand out, she was pulled to the ground. She shouted, “Oh my god. Help!”
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His wife, Pam Baer, seemed visibly, and audibly distraught after what happened, and the altercation was broken up by bystanders. Larry Baer then walked away from the scene in the video.
Baer made a statement to Chronicle writer, Evan Sernoffsky:
"“My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument. The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cell phone. Obviously, it’s embarrassing.”"
The San Francisco Giants have released a joint statement from Pam and Larry Baer as well:
While it is early on, the entire ordeal to watch on video is unsettling to say the least. The San Francisco Giants as an overall organization will have to deal with the fallout of this for at least a few weeks, if not more. While immediately the thoughts are on the severity of the incident, another question should probably be asked: Does this affect the Giants on the field as well?
"Editor’s note: A previous version of this story read that Larry Baer, “tried to calm her.” While our intentions were not to paint Baer in a positive light at any point during the altercation, that’s essentially what that line did. We have since removed it. Around the Foghorn does not condone any of Larry Baer’s actions in this incident."
There has been a lot of upheaval within the organization recently, and incidents like this don’t help the overall “feel” of both the team, and the fanbase. In turn, this could end up affecting their product on the field, not only through player performance, but potentially the fan base as well. Time will tell whether or not this has a major affect on anything the Giants do, both on and off the field.