San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer was captured on video Friday having a public argument with his wife that turned physical, and Major League Baseball later released a statement saying it would investigate the incident.
The video, which was taken at a San Francisco plaza and published by TMZ, shows Baer reaching over his wife, Pam Baer, who was sitting in a chair, to take something out of her hand. The chair flipped over, and she fell to the ground, screaming.
Larry Baer spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle after the incident.
“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,” he said. “The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cell phone. Obviously, it’s embarrassing.”
Baer said he apologized to his wife, and police were not contacted.
The couple later released a statement through the Giants, saying: “Regrettably today we had a heated argument in public over a family matter. We are deeply embarrassed by the situation and have resolved the issue.”
Baer later issued a follow-up statement: “I am truly sorry for the pain that I brought to my wife, children to the organization. It is not reflective of the type of person that I aspire to be, but it happened, and I will do whatever it takes to make sure that I never behave in such an inappropriate manner again.”
Pam Baer, in a statement released later Friday to the San Francisco Chronicle, said:
“I would like to clarify the events of today. My husband and I had an argument in public about which we are quite embarrassed. I took his cell phone. He wanted it back and I did not want to give it back. I started to get up and the chair I was sitting in began to tip. Due to an injury I sustained in my foot three days ago, I lost my balance. I did not sustain any injury based on what happened today. Larry and I always have been and still are happily married.”
MLB issued a statement about the incident on Friday afternoon:
“Major League Baseball is aware of the incident and, just like any other situation like this, will immediately begin to gather the facts. We will have no further comment until this process is completed.”
Baer has been the Giants’ “control person” since 2011, representing the franchise at owners’ meetings. He has been instrumental in the club’s rise to baseball’s upper-middle class since aiding the late Peter Magowan in purchasing the club in 1992 — from the signing of Barry Bonds to the development of Oracle Park, the Giants’ waterfront home that opened in 2000.