BOSTON — One day after Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones heard racial taunts during a game at Fenway Park, he received a standing ovation from the Red Sox crowd before his first at-bat of Tuesday night’s game.
The Fenway faithful, as well as some of the Red Sox players, applauded Jones as he strode to the batter’s box. Chris Sale, who started the game for Boston, stepped off the mound to allow for a longer reception.
“Much appreciated. It was also much appreciated by the Boston Red Sox and MLB getting ahead of it,” Jones said. “Appreciative that action was taken, and that not everybody feels the same way as selected people.”Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says racist taunts are expected in Boston, and Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields said he once was subjected to the same thing in Yankee Stadium.
Jones then praised the Red Sox fans.
“I appreciate what [the fans] did,” he said. “I have never on the road gotten any ovations or anything like that, so it just caught me off guard a little bit.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter offered his take on Jones’ reception.
“I thought it was great,” he said. “I was telling somebody it would have been apropos for him to get the ovation, hit a home run, then boo him going around the bases, so we get the whole gamut. [Sale] was not going to let that happen.”
Sale struck out Jones, one of the left-hander’s 11 K’s on the night, but was praised by Jones for the gesture.
“Sale, who works extremely fast, took his time and let [the ovation] relish a little bit, so I appreciate the sentiment,” Jones said.