MINNEAPOLIS – News that Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones was the victim of racial slurs and having debris thrown at him from the stands in Boston Monday night is a reminder that baseball isn’t immune from society’s ills.
A’s center fielder Rajai Davis acknowledges that, but at the same time says he does what he can to minimize its impact on him as a black man.
“I’m pretty good at blocking things out,” Davis said before Tuesday’s game against the Twins, his first game off the disabled list. “We know who came before: Jackie (Robinson). We don’t know the half of what he went through.
“We don’t hear about that half. If he could do, get through it, so can I.”
The Red Sox organization issued a public apology to Jones saying they were “sickened” after Jones told USA Today that he was “called the N-word a handful of times” during Monday’s game. The club confirmed that one fan was ejected for throw a bag of peanuts in Jones’ direction.
The Red Sox statement went on to say that the club has “zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior.”
Davis said that having the issue out in the open, “perhaps this will bring about something good.”
At the same time, he said it’s not a new issue.
“It just is what it is,” he said. “It’s just where we are as a nation. It’s not Boston’s problem. It’s a nationwide problem. It has to be addressed at that top level.”