By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was berated on Monday night by racist taunts at Fenway Park from Boston Red Sox fans. He also had a bag of peanuts thrown in his direction.
He called it, “the worst case of fan abuse he has heard in his career.”
“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” he said. I was called the n-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”
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He is one of 62 African-Americans that were on Opening Day rosters this season. In the last, he said he has also been heckled there – but this was the worst in his 12-year career.
“It’s different,” he added. “Very unfortunate. I heard there were 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 those types 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 fan, who threw the peanuts, was escorted out of the ballpark. It is not clear if this individual will receive some type of ban from the Red Sox at this time.
“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.
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“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.”
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