The Boston Red Sox have one of the most luxurious ball clubs in all of baseball. The fan base is part of it and yesterday one fan tarnished that illustrious history
I cover the Boston Red Sox because I love the Boston Red Sox and I love baseball and sometimes there will come a point where we have the duty to step up and stand up for what’s right. This kind of behavior cannot and will not stand. Baseball is supposed to be the family fun sport. Fans will cheer, be rowdy, and at times be unruly. Unfortunately, some fans cross that line and ruin the game for everyone. Adam Jones, a 12 year pro and leader in the Baltimore club house became a victim to one of those disrespectful fans.
No player should ever have to go through that kind of unfair and disrespect. Not to mention, this is while he’s working. Jones just happens to play baseball. This type of behavior wouldn’t be acceptable if a businessman or a accountant or doctor or teachers said that. That person would be fired, no question. There shouldn’t be any exceptions to this rule.
Not only should that fan be banned from Fenway Park, he should be banned from all baseball parks as well. The punishment needs to be severe. The Red Sox organization needs to send a clear message to this fan and others that share the same views. I’m hoping that this guy also receives a hefty fine by the Red Sox or Major League Baseball. Let this guy know that we stand together and we’re not going to let this behavior stand.
Sox pitcher David Price mentioned that he’s experienced this kind of treatment as well. It’s sickening to know that fans that are supposed to be supporting him are treating him this way. It’s unbelievable when you think about it. Extremely disappointing. Being drunk isn’t an excuse, drunk words don’t get a pass. There have been many causes that sports teams have stood behind and together we can make a difference.
This is one that the Red Sox can take giant leaps to be the leader in. What changes need to be made? How can we do more to prevent this situation from happening again in the future? Not only did adults hear this obscenity but kids I’m sure heard it as well. It’s going to be a topic that’s heavily discussed.
In the end all all we can say to Mr. Jones is, and I’m sure I can speak on behalf of Red Sox Nation, I’m sorry that you were a victim in Boston. You’re a great ambassador for the game and no one deserves to be treated like that. That fan was ignorant and he does not speak for the rest of us. Here’s to hoping that this doesn’t happen again in Boston.
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