Since Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said a fan at Fenway Park hurled racial slurs and tossed a bag of peanuts at him last week, Red Sox brass, the Boston mayor and the commissioner of baseball have spoken out against the racist fan’s actions.
Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, who spent seven of his 18 MLB seasons with the Red Sox, said Monday the so-called fan is not representative of Boston.
“There are people who are reckless about some of the things that they do everywhere in the world, but it surprises me a whole deal to see it here in Boston,” Martinez, who won two of his three Cy Young awards while with the Red Sox, told Sports Illustrated while in Boston for a charity event. “Ever since I got here, I’ve never seen a community more supportive of people like me, and Adam Jones, and other communities than the people I saw at the field. I’m not taking anything from Adam Jones, but it really shocked me.
“I don’t think that is someone who belongs at Fenway, at my field. He is not a true Bostonian,” the eight-time All-Star and Dominican native added. “The true Bostonians support their people, regardless of who they are, and they are great people and I’m proud of my Bostonians. I’m extremely shocked that someone used Fenway Park to offend the feelings of all of Custom Cheap Jerseys us, including Adam Jones.”
The man who taunted Jones has not been identified, but the Red Sox did issue a lifetime ban at Fenway Park to a fan who used a racial slur the next night after a woman of Kenyan descent sang the national anthem.
Boston mayor Marty Walsh said the racial slurs are not reflective of Boston as a city. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in his statement last week that, “the behavior of these few ignorant individuals does not reflect the millions of great baseball fans who attend our games.”