BOSTON - The Red Sox played a good game Tuesday night and beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2, but it was outfielder Adam Jones that had everyone inside Fenway on their feet the first time he went to bat.
Fans wanted to show that one man’s racist taunts during Monday night’s game aren’t what Boston is all about.
Jones, who is African-American, said fans called him a derogatory term and someone threw a bag of peanuts at him.
Jones was quoted as saying:
“Very unfortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.”
Red Sox President Sam Kennedy sent Boston 25 News the following statement regarding the incident:
“The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night. No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior, and our entire organization and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few. Such conduct should be reported immediately to Red Sox security, and any spectator behaving in this manner forfeits his/her right to remain in the ballpark, and may be subject to further action. Our review of last night's events is ongoing.”
Mayor Marty Walsh also released a statement on Monday night's incident:
"This is unacceptable and not who we are as a city. These words and actions have no place in Fenway, Boston, or anywhere. We are better than this."
Jones went on to say he thought more punishment is needed against fans who throw items on the field and suggested tens of thousands of dollars in fines, rather than just a ban from the stadium.
As Jones walked up to home plate Tuesday night, Red Sox fans began to cheer and even started clapping when starting pitcher Chris Sale stepped off the mound to allow the moment of support to breathe.
Jones spoke after the game.
"It was much appreciated by Boston Red Sox and MLB getting ahead of it, and appreciative that action was taken and that not all, not everybody feels the same way as selected people, so it was much appreciated,” Jones said. “Sale, who is extremely fast, took his time and let it relish a little bit. I appreciate the sentiment."
Red Sox manager John Ferrell said the remarks of one or two should not taint what the overall fan base is, calling the ovation great.
Game three of the four-game series against the Orioles will be Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m.
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