Pirates Outfielder Andrew McCutchen Never Had An Issue In Boston With Racism
This week, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was asked by TMZ whether he concurs with CC Sabathia’s recent comments that the 62 black players in Major League Baseball “expect” racial harassment from fans when they play in Boston.
McCutchen, who played in Boston for the first time in his career when the Pirates opened the season at Fenway Park, said he had a positive experience.
“I don’t know. I mean, I never had to really deal with it,” McCutchen said of racism in Boston. “I don’t play for that side or that division, either. That was my first time playing there earlier this year. I didn’t experience any of that. You get your occasional ‘you sucks’ and stuff, but past that, everyone was pretty cool, pretty normal. I made some friend some friends with a few people and got some boos too, but it’s cool.”
Asked if he took issue with Sabathia speaking for all black players when McCutchen’s experience was different from the one he described, the veteran outfielder didn’t begrudge the Yankees pitcher.
“I don’t know, man. Everyone has different experiences in different divisions,” McCutchen said. “CC’s been around longer than I have and he’s played in a different division, so he’s probably experiences it a lot more than I have, so I’m sure that he probably expects that it’s going to happen. You hate that you have to think that way, but sometimes that’s part of it. You’ve just got to turn the other cheek and just move on.”