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Monday, May 01, 2017

Orioles’ Adam Jones berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park

Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career.

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

Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters this year, said he has been subjected to racist hecklings in the past at Fenway Park, but said this was one of the worst experiences of his 12-year career.

“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.

“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.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 134 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Booey Posted: May 03, 2017 at 02:00 AM (#5447367)
flip
   102. DFA Posted: May 03, 2017 at 02:05 AM (#5447368)
If someone is throwing peanuts, I wonder if that could be isolated by one of the cameras?
   103. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:28 AM (#5447382)
The real question is where was Fenway security (they have tons of them and not all white)?


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   104. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 03, 2017 at 08:05 AM (#5447392)
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Jesus, really?
   105. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 08:56 AM (#5447405)
(No, not really)
   106. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 03, 2017 at 09:13 AM (#5447415)
Handful of times, he ssays so say 5 out of 35,000 fans. 1 in 7000. Lot of visitors and college kids attend these games as well. So indict all of Boston and NE for racism. Thats absurd, regardless of what may have happened 40-50 years ago. The real question is where was Fenway security (they have tons of them and not all white)?


The number I heard was 30 ejections for stuff related to this kind of behavior (half of the 60 ejections they said). What I'd like to see is more of an onus put on the people who stood there and did nothing. The Sox sent an email last night, at least to season ticket holders, reminding us of the various phone and text numbers to contact if there is a problem. I don't think people should be confronting other fans themselves but there is enough security that they can be on scene very quickly. In my experience they are pretty responsive.
   107. manchestermets Posted: May 03, 2017 at 09:15 AM (#5447416)
I'm not in any position to assess it in terms of racism, but of all the (approximately 10) big US cities I've visited, Boston was definitely the one with the rudest, least pleasant people.
   108. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 03, 2017 at 09:31 AM (#5447423)
I'm not in any position to assess it in terms of racism, but of all the (approximately 10) big US cities I've visited, Boston was definitely the one with the rudest, least pleasant people.

On a somewhat related note, BITD when Hollywood movies stereotyped pretty much every non-middle class whitebread character and region of the country, one of the more blatant stereotypes was the sullen small town New Englander, who never cracked a smile and whose vocabulary consisted of "yep" and "nope".
   109. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 03, 2017 at 10:00 AM (#5447443)
(No, not really)

I wasn't clear. I was more shocked of your casual use of "chink," which I find offensive. It's really disappointing to see that term used here.
   110. Nero Wolfe, Indeed Posted: May 03, 2017 at 10:04 AM (#5447447)
I hate to say it because I love Boston, but when I heard a Black baseball player was receiving racial taunts, I immediately assumed Fenway.
   111. Traderdave Posted: May 03, 2017 at 10:08 AM (#5447453)
I'm not in any position to assess it in terms of racism, but of all the (approximately 10) big US cities I've visited, Boston was definitely the one with the rudest, least pleasant people.


Reminds me of a line my dad (a Brooklyn native) once said:

New Yorkers and Bostonians are both rude, but the difference is that the New Yorkers don't really mean it.
   112. jmurph Posted: May 03, 2017 at 10:50 AM (#5447502)
I wasn't clear. I was more shocked of your casual use of "_____," which I find offensive. It's really disappointing to see that term used here.

You appear to be unfamiliar with YR's oeuvre. Casual racism is kind of his deal.
   113. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:17 AM (#5447529)
You appear to be unfamiliar with YR's oeuvre. Casual racism is kind of his deal.

Bigotry of all kinds really.
   114. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:19 AM (#5447532)
I wasn't clear. I was more shocked of your casual use of "chink," which I find offensive. It's really disappointing to see that term used here.


Oh my, is this now the "C-word"? How will you sensitive types distinguish it from the other c-word?
   115. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:21 AM (#5447537)
You appear to be unfamiliar with YR's oeuvre. Casual racism is kind of his deal.

Bigotry of all kinds really.


Time to climb back up on the cross? I just got back from Ireland, amazing how much they know about the Magdelane Laundries there.
   116. . . . . . . Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:24 AM (#5447542)
Oh my, is this now the "C-word"? How will you sensitive types distinguish it from the other c-word?


Cuck?
   117. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:36 AM (#5447558)
Oh my, is this now the "C-word"? How will you sensitive types distinguish it from the other c-word?


Come on man, you know it's a derogatory term. Just accept that you got called out on it and don't use it any more.
   118. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:41 AM (#5447563)
Nope.
   119. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:43 AM (#5447567)
Nope.


Well then expect people to call you a racist when you use racist slang.
   120. Nasty Nate Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:44 AM (#5447568)
   121. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:46 AM (#5447570)
He's trying to make his incessant posts on "Budshovism" seem pleasant and benign by contrast.
   122. jmurph Posted: May 03, 2017 at 11:56 AM (#5447580)
Well then expect people to call you a racist when you use racist slang.

He thinks he's doing some kind of Sarah Silverman-esque bit where it's like "I'm in on the joke so it's okay!" except he's constantly posting racist stuff about native americans and african americans, and I'm sure Snapper would be happy to fill you in on YR's thoughts about Catholics.
   123. SoSH U at work Posted: May 03, 2017 at 12:05 PM (#5447589)
He's edgy.
   124. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 12:16 PM (#5447599)
Well then expect people to call you a racist when you use racist slang.


Expect people to call you a humorless prig when #103 makes you clutch the pearls and look for a fainting couch. Jeezus, you people.

(Oh my lord, he said "you people!")
   125. PreservedFish Posted: May 03, 2017 at 12:24 PM (#5447607)
YR
   126. Blastin Posted: May 03, 2017 at 12:44 PM (#5447632)
If you wanted to make a dumb joke, why not just say "slanted?" It's not hard.

Also he's not even Chinese, so that's just sloppy bigotry.
   127. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 12:46 PM (#5447633)
He thinks he's doing some kind of Sarah Silverman-esque bit


She was great in "Wreck It Ralph"!

where it's like "I'm in on the joke so it's okay!"


SHAMEFUL RACISM! I think I've seen you scowling from the crowd at the Apollo.

   128. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:00 PM (#5447652)
YR


Now you're on the trolley!

Well, maybe the flapping dickie pic would have been better, but your heart was in the right place.
   129. . Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:01 PM (#5447654)
He thinks he's doing some kind of Sarah Silverman-esque bit where it's like "I'm in on the joke so it's okay!"


Actually Andy does that, too; he's thrown out the actual word "n____r" on the boards somewhere on the order of five times -- for some strange reason believing he's got an exemption.

The numbers are in: White guys thinking they've earned an exemption come in just above the 99th percentile for dork.
   130. PreservedFish Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:07 PM (#5447665)
Well, maybe the flapping dickie pic would have been better, but your heart was in the right place.


Me so solly.

I wasn't sure if I should go for the Krusty's innocent homespun racism or his new edgy routine, as your act seems to have elements of each.
   131. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:42 PM (#5447706)
Sounds like it's time to organize a BTF excursion to Fenway so you can let your inner ####### run wild.
   132. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 03, 2017 at 02:16 PM (#5447735)

SHAMEFUL RACISM! I think I've seen you scowling from the crowd at the Apollo.

Those Simpsons clips are ####### addictive. That may be the best compilation ever.
   133. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: May 03, 2017 at 02:40 PM (#5447770)
It is kind of fitting how this thread has ended up actually.
   134. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 03, 2017 at 05:27 PM (#5447945)
people in Somerville & Cambridge wearing aggressively mismatched socks -- one argyle, one solid, things like that. It was clearly a little micro fad, one that I never saw anywhere else.)


There's a retailer, "Little Miss Matched," that sells mis-matched socks. The target demographic is I think pre-teen girls, butI used to buy socks for my wife there (because she always seemed to have lots of half-pairs of socks...) but then she started wearing socks made from bamboo (yes, bamboo) so I've had to seek other ways to tease her.
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