The most heinous of actions was committed by some Boston Red Sox fans yesterday.
While playing center field in yesterday’s Baltimore Orioles versus Boston matchup in Fenway Park, Adam Jones was subjected to hideous remarks made by some Red Sox fans.
“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” Jones said, according to USA Today. “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”
This isn’t the first time that Jones or Orioles have been taunted with insults and racial slurs. Hyun-Soo Kim had a beer can thrown at him in last year’s wild card matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays. During that game, Jones had racial slurs thrown in his direction as well.
Here are some of his comments from after that game:
You don’t do that. I don’t care how passionate you are. Yell. Cuss. Scream. Say we suck. We’re horrible. We get it. We’re the opponent. We completely understand that. I hope they find the guy and press charges. He’s not looking. You could hit him in the back of the head and you have no idea what could happen. That’s a full beer that’s being thrown. Throw an octopus. Throw hats.
Jones has been at the forefront of receiving heckles from opposing fans. He’s heard his fair share of racist taunts, but absolutely nothing was as bad as what he had to deal with during Monday’s game at Fenway.
Jones would continue:
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. 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 Red Sox organization would report about 30 ejections in Monday’s game, but it doesn’t change the story. Jones could have been harmed by fans who were throwing objects and he would like for people who throw things to be punished more.
“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.’’
Despite being treated in this manner, Jones has continued to take the high road in this situation of ugliness. His constant steadiness in the face of injustice should make him a hero to not just Baltimore, but to many others in the baseball sphere.
I’m proud of you Adam. You make a damn good baseball player and an even better human being.