San Diego Padres president Chub Feeney announced his resignation Sunday, saying his decision to leave his stormy stewardship had nothing to do with his obscene gesture to two fans Saturday night.
"I don't care to answer any questions. I will not be coming back next year," Feeney told reporters at Jack Murphy Stadium shortly after the national anthem was played at the Houston Astros-Padres game.A radio announcement of Feeney's decision to leave the club brought applause from fans in the stadium.
The obscene gesture incident happened when the two fans paraded along a stadium walkway during the seventh-inning stretch of Saturday's game between San Diego and Houston with a banner urging Padres' owner Joan Kroc to "Scrub Chub."
Feeney, 67, who was in the owner's box, then waved and retreated to the rear of the box as a chorus of boos erupted from many spectators who witnessed the gesture.
Stadium security guards immediately whisked away the two fans and their banner, which had drawn cheers from many of the 21,252 people attending the game.
Feeney admitted making the gesture in an apology he issued Sunday along with his resignation.
The obscene gesture incident drew a pointed response from Padres shortstop Garry Templeton, who was involved in a similar incident in 1981 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Tell (Chub) that's a $5,000 fine," Templeton said, referring to the amount Feeney, then National League president, imposed on him.