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Cubs chairman says no special instructions for bleachers

CHICAGO -- Cubs chairman Crane Kenney said Wednesday the
team did not tell security personnel in the left field bleachers to
crack down on fans who might boo or harass struggling outfielder
Alfonso Soriano.

Soriano dropped a fly ball in the ninth inning Sunday in
Pittsburgh, helping the Pirates rally to a victory. One season
ticket holder told the Chicago Tribune that crowd control personnel
told fans Monday they were instructed by supervisors to use a
no-tolerance policy for anyone cursing at Soriano, or harassing
him.

"The rules have not changed in the ballpark, which have
consistently been booing is part of the game and anything related
to booing. But profanity and anything racial is not allowed,
regardless of where it happens in the ballpark," Kenney said
before Wednesday night's game.

"What I'm hearing from our security staff is that the booing
hasn't been significant nor has anyone been talked to. So I'm not
really sure where this issue comes up."

Kenney said there have been no problems in the bleachers.

"We did not admonish our security guards to be more watchful of
it, nor did we have any ejections nor did we really have any
issues," he said. "We did not advise our security guards to
change their behavior at all after the Pittsburgh series nor are we
aware of any incidents of ejections or anyone even being
disciplined."

Kenney said that recently acquired Jim Edmonds was booed much
louder this week than Soriano.