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Baltimore Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones Victim Of Racism At Fenway Park

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Baltimore Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones Victim Of Racism At Fenway Park

Monday night the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles played game 1 of their series, after the game Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones claimed he was a victim of racist comments.

Given the nature of the subject all of the following here will be facts, no opinions here unlike the rest of our content. So with that, most of the following will be quotes from Jones, the team, and others involved in the situation with some facts inserted to give context.

Jones talked to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and Boston Globes Nick Carfardo after the game, Jones said he had racist taunts yelled at him and fans threw peanuts at him while he was in the dugout.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” Jones said via USA Today. “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”

Jones also said this wasn’t the first time something like this has happened to him at Fenway Park, but this was his worst experience yet.

“It’s different,” he said. “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 report to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family”

*According to Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy the team ejected 34 fans from Monday’s game. One was for throwing the bag of peanuts, and one for taunting a player, although the Red Sox would not comment on which player as it is unknown right now. 

“It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.”

The fan who threw the peanuts was ejected, but Jones wants more to be done against this behavior. Photo of security looking for the thrower is below.

“It’s pathetic,” he said. “It’s called a coward. What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. Something that really hurts somebody. Make them pay in full. And if they don’t, take it out of their check. That’s how you hurt somebody. You suspend them from the stadium, what does that mean? It’s a slap on the wrist. That guy needs to be confronted, and he needs to pay for what he’s done.

“At the end of the day, when you throw an object onto the field of play, the player has no idea what it is. What if something hit me right in the eye and I can’t play baseball anymore. Then what? I just wear it? No. Things like that need to be handled a little more properly, in my opinion.”

Jones had more comments on Tuesday with the rest of the media now aware of the situation they wanted to follow up with him and ask him a few more questions to elaborate on his thoughts and how his meeting went with the Red Sox who have since apologized to him and the Orioles.

“Square up. Let’s fight and get it over with,” Jones said prior to Tuesday’s game at Fenway Park.

Jones could not recall exactly what time of the game he heard the taunt because he was focused on the actual game. He also doesn’t know if it was more than one person.

“Well it’s hard to look at someone when you’re focused on a potential ball hit in any direction so to pinpoint exactly who, that might damn be impossible,” Jones said. “To hear and understand what I heard, you got great hearing. We understand that we’re the road team and that the fans don’t need to welcome us. It’s all part of the competitive edge for the fan base to tell us opponents you suck, haha you struck out, various things on your performance, which is completely understandable in the lines of just how sports work and how fan bases work.

“I just heard that all night and was something that caught my attention — the N-word. I get certain reactions when someone says something clever versus really, really stupid and ignorant. Last night was not clever, it was ignorant so it caught my attention. By the time you look back, you can’t say who said what or when it was. I was just like, ‘OK, this is really [happening].”

Several members of the Red Sox organization met with Jones on Tuesday as alluded to earlier, this envoy including owner John Henry. In his media session he let the reporters know seeing the owner of the Red Sox meant a lot to him.

“I appreciated it greatly,” he said. “For Mr. Henry to take his time out to come and talk, to him and get ahead of it, to implement more security. … It’s a sporting event. It’s 40,000 people and to pick out a few people who decide to be ignorant. I just appreciate him coming in to talk to me face to face. He didn’t call or text me. He came face to face and expressed his disgust and he apologized on behalf of the whole city.”

Added Jones: “I have seen Mookie Betts, he tweeted at me. Price texted me this morning. It’s pretty awesome that they see it. It’s bigger than the game. These kind of things are bigger than the game. This a game. It isn’t life or death. There are bigger issues in the world than a baseball game. This is purely entertainment.”

Betts tweeted this afternoon the following:

Jones said what happens now is beyond him, but did acknowledge he appreciated the steps the Red Sox have taken.

“Well, fines, that is not in my realm, obviously I am worried about playing the game,” he said. “That is something that I think it would be individually assessed in certain ballparks, certain rules and regulations. I know that I met with Mr. Henry today and he said they are in the process — when things like this happen they are going to evoke a person’s, whoever’s tickets they are.

I know that tickets here are very sacred and generally passed down through generations, so they are hard to get. Stripping people their right to come to the ballpark, that would suck because this is one of the greatest venues to watch a sporting event and people would miss out on it because of pure stupidity.”

In terms of Red Sox players other than Betts several have speaken out publicly about this topic along with other players around baseball who have played in Fenway Park. Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was one who was according to reporters present emotional when talking about the Jones situation.

Sox bench bat Chris Young who has come through the park on opposing team even said he had it happen to him when he came to Boston, but he also noted he thinks it is a widespread issue and not just Boston.

For all of you wondering how the Red Sox will respond to this in the future the team has already instituted a number of moves in conjunction with MLB to help prevent these instances from occurring in the future. Starting off tonight in the park there will be an increased security presence particularly in the bleachers. In addition the team has shared on its social media channels on how to contact said security in case they see/hear anything.

The team also released an official statement earlier on Tuesday addressing the situation.

Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy has also told the media that members of the Red Sox have acknowledged hearing racial slurs at Fenway Park.

 

(Fort Myers, FL, 02/19/14) Boston Red Sox owner, John Henry talks to reporters during Red Sox Spring Training on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Staff Photo by Matt Stone

The Orioles have also responded to this situation through their manager Buck Showalter going on MLB Network to discuss the last 24 hours.

Major League Baseball Players Association and MLB Commisioner Rob Manfred addressed the situation via press releases.

In terms of outside players around the league CC Sabathia spoke with the media and said he and others expect this kind of behavior when coming to Boston. Others have likely spoken about it or will at some point tonight.

That is all the facts that are on the table as of right now, be the judge of all of it for yourself. There is a lot going on here with many voices coming in about this topic, a lot of different view points and opinions on this one.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

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Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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