By Andrew Webster and Evan Chang
On Monday night, in a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox, an incident occurred at Fenway. A Red Sox fan threw a bag of peanuts and yelled racial slurs toward Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. Jones is African American and Boston has a history of discriminating against the particular race. Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight.” He went on to say it wasn’t the first time he was on the receiving end of racism at Fenway. According to Bleacher Report, the fan was ejected. Jones believed it wasn’t a harsh punishment at all for what the man did. Jones said, “What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. That’s how you hurt somebody. You suspend them from the stadium, what does that do? It’s a slap on the wrist.”
According to Bleacher Report, various players and in particular Yankees pitcher, C.C. Sabathia, voiced their opinions on the situation. He said, “I’ve never been called the N-word anywhere but in Boston. When you go to Boston, expect it.” Even Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts was outraged and responded by saying, “I’m black too.” The Red Sox organization was also very upset and released a statement apologizing to Adam Jones. Team president Sam Kennedy said it was sickening and actions will be made. The following night Red Sox fans gave Jones a standing ovation.
As a fan and player of the game of baseball it was very upsetting to see. Racism in sports is extremely saddening as a lot of my teammates and friends are of a different race than myself. I was also surprised considering he played for the United States baseball team in the World Baseball Classic. He is a father and an amazing baseball player. I hope he doesn’t let this incident get to him and continues to be the kind person I look up to and see as a role model.