ELDER PATRIOT – Only a little more than a week after Major League Baseball celebrated the historic achievement of Jackie Robinson for his pioneering role in integrating the sport, some ugly Boston baseball fans showed that for them it was all a charade.
The New York Post is reporting in this morning’s edition that, “Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was targeted by a torrent of racist abuse at the hands of Red Sox fans at Fenway Park on Monday night.”
This cannot be dismissed as an isolated instance. It is believed that there were five-dozen ejections of fans for shouting racial slurs during last night’s game. They rained the “N-word” down on Jones, an all-star centerfielder. Another idiot threw a bag of peanuts at Jones during the game at Fenway Park.
Jones took the high ground when asked to comment after the game:
“Very unfortunate. I heard there were 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. … 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.”
Jones acknowledged that he has been the object of racist ranting in the past while playing at Fenway Park, but he said this was one of the worst experiences of his 12-year career.
The fact is this has been going on at Fenway Park since the American League began integrating shortly after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Since that time the quality of play on the field has improved dramatically to the benefit of the fans that pay to watch baseball but that doesn’t register with racists.
The sad part is these “fans” and others who apologize for their disgusting behavior will point to their adoration of just retired Red Sox superstar David Ortiz as proof that they aren’t racists.
This reminds me of a fan who sat next to me at a college basketball game in Madison Square Garden. We both could be identified by the color of the shirts we were wearing. He was cheering for his alma mater as loudly as anyone else in attendance.
Late in the game it had become obvious that my team was going to lose. He turned to me and said, “our n*ggers beat your n*ggers tonight.”
Racists always find a way to justify their hate.