The Boston Red Sox organization has a lot to be ashamed of after racist fans made for an ugly night at the ballpark. Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones explained he was taunted using racial slurs and got a bag of peanuts thrown at him during Monday night’s Red Sox/Orioles matchup in Boston.
It was a disappointing night all around at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox offense continued to struggle and then Red Sox fans turned back the clock in the worst way possible.
“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’
Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters this year, said he has been subjected to racist hecklings in the past at Fenway Park, but said this was one of the worst experiences of his 12-year career.
Barely a month removed from Jones playing the role of American hero, he’s treated like a second-class citizen in one of America’s first cities. Jones was clearly vocal about the incident on Monday night, which quickly became the story over a somewhat sleepy 5-2 Orioles win. He said the peanuts were thrown his way in the dugout.
And while heckling outfielders is common across baseball, racial slurs clearly cross a line. Many Red Sox fans expressed their disappointment in the incident online, including noted Boston writers like Charles Pierce.