Fenway Park has a reputation for passionate, raucous, Red Sox-loving fans. Unfortunately, it may also have a reputation for something sinister: racism.
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was the victim of racial taunts during a 5-2 Orioles win Monday.
That wasn’t the first time something like this has happened, either.
“I’ve heard different people have different experiences up there,” Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Going there as an Indian, we had no security guards, nobody there to kind of supervise what’s going on out there in the outfield and the bullpen and stuff, and yeah, you get some fans yelling some stuff that’s inappropriate. It’s just unfortunate. That’s the only place that I’ve played that that has happened to me.”
Sabathia, 36, has spent the vast majority of his career in the American League (all but his 2008 season in Milwaukee), so he’s spent considerable time at Fenway Park. For him, there’s no excuse for racial taunting. Fans will be fans, especially if they’ve had too much to drink, but racism, to be sure, crosses the line.
“Even if it is an alcohol thing, that’s still inappropriate,” Sabathia said. “There’s no excuse for that in the game – or any sport – in this day and age. It’s just unfortunate that it happened. I’m glad that Adam has brought it to light, but it’s something that, as an African-American player going in there, you know it’s something that you’re probably going to have to deal with.”