Boston has been at the receiving ends of racism claims all over MLB this season. Red Sox fans allegedly yelled racial slurs at Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones just last week. The person who yelled the slurs was banned from the stadium for life. Many people who were in the vicinity of the incident claim there were no n bombs yelled at anyone, but regardless, that fan is banned from Fenway Park for life. Well now Red Sox fans are not racist according to Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. This season was the first time Andrew had played at Fenway Park and he said everything went as planned for him.
Red Sox Fans are Not Racist According to Cutch
“Everyone was pretty cool, pretty normal,” McCutchen said.
The reporter took it a step further and asked McCutchen about when Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said that all black players full expect racist when they make a trip into Fenway Park.
“Everyone has different experiences in different divisions,” McCutchen said. “CC’s been around longer than I have and he’s played in different divisions, so he probably experiences a lot more than I have. I’m sure he probably just expects that that’s going to happen. You hate that you have to think that way, but sometimes that’s part of it and you just gotta turn the other cheek and move on.”
An interesting part of this story that the mainstream media does not report on is that Adam Jones took the social justice warrior stance going into the season. He made it a point to make public statements about how racism is alive and well in baseball. Jones said that baseball is a white man’s sport. When you look at the numbers, baseball is a very diversified sport. White men are leading the charge, though. It’s nothing like the divide in other sports, such as NBA. Take a look at the chart showing race in baseball as of 2015.
Racial Breakdown in Baseball
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling does not believe someone yelled n*gger at Jones from the stands in Fenway Park. Here is what Schilling had to say per the Big Lead:
I spent most of my adult life in baseball parks. I heard the N-word out of my black teammates’ mouths about 100 million times. For somebody to talk loud enough for Adam Jones to hear the N-word in center field, other people would have heard it. If somebody did say it, we’re going to see it and hear about it, and I would apologize to Adam Jones for doubting him, but until then, I think this is bulls–t. I think this is somebody creating a situation.”
The social justice warriors will hate to hear this, but he does make some great points. While I have not been to Fenway Park, I have been to several baseball parks across the country. To me, it’s almost unfathomable to imagine someone in the crowd yell “Hey n*gger!” in this day and age. If that’s an accepted practice in Boston, holy crap they have some work to do there. As of this point no one has came forward and said they did see or hear this go down.
So according to Andrew McCutchen, who clearly has less time spent in Boston than others, Red Sox fans are not racist. What do you think about the situation? Let us know in the comments.