The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox have been embroiled in something of a bitter rivalry this season, but matters took a turn for the worse Monday night at Fenway Park. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones had a bag of peanuts thrown at him and racial epithets shouted in his direction.
Jones said he’d received similar hostile treatment in previous trips to Boston, but never to the extent he experienced Monday night. “For the particular individuals that feel it’s OK with free speech to say those type of things is completely unacceptable,” a disappointed Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Roberts cemented himself into Red Sox lore in 2004 when he stole second base in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He scored the game-tying run in the ninth, and the Red Sox went on for a victory in extra innings.
That propelled Boston to overcoming a 3-0 series deficit against the New York Yankees, and their first World Series title since 1918.
“I’ve obviously had great history and memories in the city. I know Adam is a great advocate of the game, and a great man,” Roberts said.
“For him to be treated that way by a small group of people, an individual overstepping the lines of friendly, competitive banter is unacceptable and very disappointing.” Roberts was sure to highlight those who were in attendance Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
They greeted Jones with a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat. “I tip my hat to those fans,” Roberts said. Ever the optimist, the second-year manager was hopeful Jones shedding light on the horrific treatment will lend to progress.
“I applaud him for bringing it to light again. I think change occurs when things are talked about and brought to the table,” concluded Roberts.
The Red Sox issued a statement and apology to Jones on Tuesday. The fan who threw the bag of peanuts was immediately ejected.