Adam Jones returned to Fenway Stadium for another match up against the Red Sox, and this time received standing ovations from the crowd.
Just this past Monday the Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones was subjected to vile treatment from the Fenway Stadium crowd. Jones was the unfortunate subject of racial disrespect at Monday night’s Orioles V. Red Sox game at Fenway Park. He was subjected to being called the n-word throughout the game and one fan even went so far as to throw a bag of peanuts at Jones. That fan was later found and ejected from the game. The black MLB star was put in a very awkward, uncomfortable, and disrespectful situation where he was forced to remain professional and focus on the game, Jones told USA Today:
“It’s different…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.”
Things were quite different on Jones return to Boston’s Fenway Park Tuesday night. This time when Jones took bat he received a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd, and although the gesture may not heal the damage already done by Monday night’s debacle it is a step in the right direction and seems to show that the crowd does not agree with the kind of despicable behavior that occurred Monday night. The Red Sox organization released a statement saying they have, “zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior and our entire organization and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”
This incident shed light on a situation within the MLB that has been a problem for other players of color in the league. Chris Young who is an outfielder for the Red Sox told CBS News,
“Has It happened to me before? Yes. Yes, it’s happened to probably the majority of black players in the game…It’s not just Boston, it’s society.”
Hopefully, more players come forward and begin to shine a light on this issue that has been occurring since Jackie Robinson wore the 42 on his back.