The Giants may have noble intentions behind "Native American Heritage Night" -- one in a spate of identity-themed promotions that the team throws every season. (Others include "Portuguese Heritage Night," "Jewish Heritage Night," and "Italian Heritage Night.") But sometimes, even big-hearted moves go hopelessly awry.
Take African American Heritage Night of 2008, during which the team cordoned off a special segregated section for African American fans.
Or, take last night's Native American Heritage Night, during which two spectators were detained following an argument over a headdress.
According to various blog posts about the incident -- each apparently penned by the people involved -- San Francisco police were dispatched to escort a woman out of AT&T Park after she lectured another fan on his inappropriate attire. A man who attempted to videotape the incident on a cell phone says he was handcuffed and thrown in a paddywagon.
SFPD spokesman Albie Esparza says that both parties were eventually given certificates of release, and that police were able to mediate the conflict with "all parties involved." The man later posted video footage on a Tumblr.
While accounts of the confrontation are convoluted, it doesn't bode well for the cultural sensitivities of major league baseball -- or for the Giants' LGBT Night, which happens this Thursday.