Jones said he heard there were "50-60" ejection at Fenway Monday night. A majority of those ejections, he said, stemmed from alcohol-related incidents. There was some fan-on-fan fighting. "Until we take more of a leadership position in this conversation, these racist acts may blemish the image of the sport and further undermine all that we can accomplish as a society". The peanut-thrower was ejected but the incident is still being investigated.
Let us be clear that these hatreds are borne of irrational and disturbed individual minds as well as of the larger movements, philosophies, and divisive initiatives that these individuals embrace, in turn empower, and are empowered by.
Wu said that she believes the city's elected leaders are "deeply committed to inclusion, equality and we need that reality to be reflected in the perception of the city". It's hard to identify individuals when you have a sports venue with thousands and thousands of people. And how to make sure it never happens again. "It's not what we're about". At Fenway, Sullivan said, those who insulted Jones were confident they could freely use hate language because of the attitudes of those around them.
They can make sure open bigotry, hidden in cowardly fashion among a large crowd, is pointed out and the offenders removed and, to whatever extent is possible, be held accountable.
As I said in the post about the Red Sox' apology, there are limited things you can do to someone who is intent on being a jackwagon at the ballpark.
"Anyone who would do this is not welcome at Fenway Park".
"As a black player, the Red Sox brought out that little something in all of us", longtime New York Yankees second baseman Willie Randolph told Bryant. "They have done that in the past".
Jones won the Roberto Clemente award for the Orioles in 2016 as the player "who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field".
"Our fans are the best resource to deal with these issues", he said.
That very bad fan should be banned from games for life! This would mean they'd also accept their own underlying prejudices rooted not only in their personal upbringing but based on a history that continues to promote the separation of the races and cultures it claims to embrace.
Representatives of the Red Sox apologized to Jones the next morning. He added to it on WEEI later in the afternoon.
Experiences like Jones' are common in Boston, though rarely get the level of attention drawn by a celebrity, said Tanisha Sullivan, president of the Boston chapter of the NAACP. "Racism unfortunately can be in the DNA of our culture and we have to consistently work to eradicate it and do everything we can".
"It got pretty rough", Price told the Boston Globe about the abuse he received in 2016, his first season with the Red Sox. This goes well above wins and losses and baseball.
"We need to take some additional steps given we are accountable for this".