Some of you probably read about it or even heard about it .
If not, let me tell you about what happened .
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Adam Jones was doing what he’s paid to do by the Baltimore Orioles baseball team , drive in runs , and catch baseballs so that the other team doesn’t score any runs.
On this particular evening , the Orioles just happened to be in Fenway Park in Boston , playing the Red Sox .
One fan, and I use that term to be somewhat polite, obviously didn’t read my blog posts on acting like you’ve been there before .
This fan decided to not only throw a bag of peanuts at Jones , but for good measure , he called Jones everything but the name his mama gave him , including the infamous “N” word.
You might wonder , just what does this have to do with travel ?
Remember , the name of the blog is called 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams and it’s about what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that professional hockey , football , baseball , or basketball game .
Adam Jones just happens to be one of the few non Latin and non white players in baseball .
The city this incident happened in is my city , Boston .
I’m not going to be naive here and tell you how Boston doesn’t deserve the reputation that it receives as a very racist city .
It doesn’t need to be seen as a city that isn’t very welcoming to minorities , because that’s not really the truth .
Nor does it need to be seen as a city that black players don’t want to play professional sports in.
But it is , especially playing for the Boston Red Sox , who were the last team to integrate major league baseball .
That’s right , the Boston Bruins hockey team had a black player long before that most American of all sports , baseball , had one playing for the Boston Red Sox or even the New York Yankees , for that matter .
Fairly or unfairly , the perception of Boston as a town more racist than any city down South goes back to the busing crisis in the 1970s and 1980s .
A lot of people in this country haven’t forgotten about it and still to this day , they hold it against Boston .
Which brings me back to what do you do if you happen to be on a 30 Plus Teams Tour watching a game by yourself or with friends or family and someone , drunk or sober throws something at an opposing player and calls them a racial slur .
To their credit , the Red Sox handled the situation correctly .
They offered Jones an apology as did the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts .
The next evening when the Orioles played the Red Sox , Jones was given a standing ovation by the Red Sox fans , who by their actions spoke louder than any apology from the team or public officials .
The decent people of Boston , and believe me , the city is full of decent people of all ages, races and religions , were truly outraged and upset .
They said collectively , “Not in our town AND DEFINITELY NOT in Fenway Park . ”
It was many of these real Red Sox baseball fans who were sitting in the same area and pointed out this numbnut to security , who rightly escorted him out .
This fool is not only banned for a few games at Fenway , he’s banned for LIFE .
Once again , when you attend a game , please use some common sense no matter if it’s a baseball , hockey , football , or basketball game .
Act like you’ve been there before and don’t let your personal feelings about a race or gender get in the way.
Be a fan , cheer for your team the right way .
Be respectful of the players on the other team .
A 30 Plus Teams Tour of any city should be enjoyable for everyone .
It shouldn’t have to turn ugly because of one person’s actions .