Yesterday I went to Fenway with one of my best buds to enjoy some early season baseball. My 2nd game trip to the Fens this season. Little did I know all the troubles that would ensue.
It all started Saturday while I was in my office (the bathroom) at work. I was checking Seatgeek like I always do to see if there's any good deals coming up. When I saw two seats Monday night for $25 each that normally would be at least triple that, I knew I had to scoop them up. I mean, it would've been irresponsible to not buy them. Can't pass up a deal like that.
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The game started off as a pitchers duel. Dylan Bundy vs. reigning Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello. Game was scoreless until the 5th. Then in the 6th Manny Machado hit a long homer off Rick and was treated to a reign of boos given the whole "dirty" slide situation with him and Pedroia earlier this season. I hate Manny Machado and boo'd the shit out of him and would do it again in a heartbeat. He's a great player on a rival who is kind of an ass hole, so yeah I don't like him.
The Red Sox are looking like shit, but are only down 2 runs. With how bad Baltimore's pen is (without Britton) and how good the Sox lineup is (even with it's early struggles) I by no way think this game is over.
We found even better seats that are like 2nd row in RF. The row is completely empty, like literally nobody in the entire row, so of course we move down closer. As soon as I sit at a baseball game the first thing I do is scout out better seats that are available. We started talking Sox with some dudes around our age who also had moved down because the park was kind of emptying late on a Monday night in a game where the Sox looked horrible.
The 8th inning was a trainwreck. Heath Hembree gets a routine double play ball right back to him and threw it like it was the first time he had ever touched a baseball before. It was appalling how badly he threw it. Like the Red Sox should check and see if he is physically okay because I'm worried he might have something. Marco Hernandez had a horrible night defensively too, every time he got a ball hit to him he booted it. Sox give up 3 unearned runs in the top of the 8th and are now down 5-0.
However in the bottom of the 8th the Red Sox get a little bit of life going. Finally start stringing a few hits together and get on the scoreboard. It's 5-1. It was literally the first thing Red Sox fans had to cheer about all night. They had like 2 hits going into the inning. So of course since I'm a huge Red Sox fan and they're finally trying to put something together we all are cheering and trying to get the section and sections around us going.
Maybe, I don't know, try to get an atmosphere going and help the Sox out. You know? Like how sports work. Homefield advantage, ever heard of it? Most people enjoyed it and were having fun, that's what going to a baseball game is all about. However some ass hole behind us was not having fun and told us to sit down. We didn't and apparently he did not like that.
After Hanley had an RBI double to cut the gap to 5-2 we were even more excited. However that did not last long as Andrew Beintendi was tagged out since both him and Hanley were both on second base. Another inexcusable mistake by the Red Sox, in a very ugly game. One that I don't think ever seen live before. It's baseball 101. Can't have two guys on one base. That pretty much killed the rally and was also the last thing I remember seeing happen at the game because we were then asked to leave by security. Me and my friend who I came with and the like 4 dudes we met sitting the row in front of us. When I asked for a reason I was never given one. My guess is because that ass hole said we weren't in those seats and that is why.
Now I know what you're thinking, you guys were shitfaced making a scene.
I'm not gonna lie, yeah I had been drinking, but I still knew exactly what was going on and wasn't being obnoxious. I mean I just gave a pretty decent description of the game how drunk could I have been? Other fans around us liked us and were having fun.
I've been to probably close to 30 games at Fenway and have been with multiple people who have been kicked before. They usually had done stuff to deserve it. You can't smoke cigarettes at Fenway so when you get caught doing so you get kicked out. I understand that wholeheartedly. Didn't think cheering for the team was the same as that. I'm a fair person, I'll admit when I'm wrong but I honestly do not believe we were acting in a way that warranted us getting kicked out. Especially considering what was going on in CF and by the Orioles dugout. Plus it is a horrible look to be kicked out on the same night as the Adam Jones shit because of tweets like this that are simply not true:
Because we were not kicked out for racial slurs. We were kicked out because some ass hole complained that we were cheering at a fucking baseball game. The Red Sox finally starting looking like a Major League Baseball team again and not a bunch of 4 year olds at their first T-ball practice we were kicked out for being excited about that. Sad!
It was embarrassing. I almost didn't even want to tell the story because I'm sure I'll get judged by people, but I don't care. It needs to be told. Plus I've been to Fenway countless times and never have had an incident like this before and I've been a lotttttt drunker at Fenway.
I tried to go back to my original seat but they would not allow it. Now I get it, we technically weren't in our paid seats, but these were empty, it's not like someone didn't have their spot. Plus moving into better available seats is a tradition at baseball games older than half the teams in the major league. I've moved into better seats at literally every game I've had the opportunity to do so at. Even at a playoff game and David Ortiz' final home game. I've done it many times. That does not seem like something that deserves and ejection from the ballpark. Usually are just told to go back to your seat since I have been caught before.
We ended up watching the rest of the game from Bleacher Bar. I was just so mad because I hate leaving sporting events early and felt like we did not deserve what happened to us. Unless my team is down or up by a truly insurmountable amount I will stay. You don't want to be like the Miami Heat fans trying to comeback into the arena after Ray Allen drilled a 3. I was just mad that I could miss a potential awesome comeback. When the Sox lost it made the situation a little easier to deal with, but I was still upset. What happened was not fair. As someone who's spent literally thousands of dollars at Fenway in life, I feel like I deserve better treatment, but know that's not how it goes.
Then this morning I wake up and hear that someone threw peanuts at Orioles CF Adam Jones, and there was also people calling him the N word. It broke after the game but I didn't hear about it until this morning since we had to take a T ride back to my car then just listened to music, not sports talk. I was still mad about the game, I didn't want to hear anything about it. But it's probably the leading story of the day I'd say. It's causing a lot of issues with people to say the least.
What I want to know is did those people get kicked out? Did they get in trouble? Because they fucking should. But according to what I heard none of the ejections last night were because of racial slurs. If I'm gonna get kicked out for cheering during a mini-rally (baseball rally, not klan) then I think whoever threw peanuts at the very least deserves the same treatment we got. Shit like that is inexcusable. Now today there's been a lot of buzz about whether or not this happened. I'm not going to think Adam Jones is lying unless I have reason to, and for now I 100% do not. I believe him. I bet there were some idiots in the stands who dropped N bombs, and I think they should get kicked out. Not out of just that game, but all games. There's no need for that. To be a person who is okay with opening using racial slurs in a public place in 2017 blows my mind.
But the main thing I take away from this is it will just add to the stupid, lazy notion that Boston is a racist city. Which sucks because I don't believe it is. Now I know black people deal with entirely different sets of circumstances than I do, but I just do not think the claims against Boston as a whole are true.
Did Boston have it's issues?
You bet your ass Boston did.
Are there racists in Boston?
Of course. Just like every other city in the country and world. There are shitty people everywhere. This just adds to the lazy narrative that Boston is like still living in the Jim Crow era. There's been countless articles and interviews today making claims about how bad Boston is.
I just think to paint this picture that all of Boston is racist is disgusting and uninformed. It's also ironic AF that people who are so anti-stereotyping and grouping people together will just at the drop of a hat call an entire region racist because of the actions of a few shitty people.
Pot, let me introduce to my friend, kettle.
But as a person who was kicked out of Fenway last night for a second I was worried. I was like that couldn't of been me, right? Is that why we got kicked out? I was drunk, but not that drunk. Plus I feel like that is something I'd definitely remember. Getting kicked out of Fenway for being a racist ass hole. Hard to forget that. But then I was relieved because I know that's not me. Sure I enjoy racial humor that today's PC world deems "racist", but deep down I do not consider myself to be one. I just like to laugh at any topic. I've said it before that I don't think any topics are off limits in comedy.
I think every person regardless of how they look or who they love should be given the opportunity to live a happy life. Idgaf if you're black. I care if you're a scumbag, then I don't like you. There's shitty people of all races and nationalities. Hate them for that. Not for how they look. I don't think person who yell the N word at baseball games also think that way.
Plus when I drink I don't get racist, I just get embarrassing and maybe a little handsy. I'll say something to a girl that I normally wouldn't because of the liquid courage. Maybe I'll start singing a little. Sometimes I just fall asleep, but never have I gotten drunk and yelled racial slurs at Adam Jones. That is not me and never will be me.
So as one of the 34 people kicked out of Fenway last night I just want to say I was not the person/people who were yelling that shit at Adam Jones and I hate that it happened. It's wicked fucked up. Adam Jones is one of the few Orioles I actually like and respect. Now if you wanna talk shit to him because he's an Oriole, go at it. In fact I'd encourage it, but for that shit to happen it really just bums me out. That should not be happening now, or ever. I hope the people who called him the N word got kicked out. But it seems like they didn't since there is still an investigation going. I just do not think it's fair that we got kicked out for being good fans and supporting a shitty team, while some ass hole(s) got away with a lot worse. You expect better at America's Most Beloved Ballpark.
P.S. In regards to the "why is there no video?" shit going around the internet. I do kind of agree with there initial skepticism considering how often people are on their phones, especially at games. You'd think someone would've filmed it. That maybe someone would've caught it. But just because they didn't doesn't mean it didn't happen. I just think we shouldn't be bashing people who just asked the question. I still believe Jones either way. Innocent until proven guilty, remember?
Double P.S. I think the whole idea of giving Adam Jones a standing ovation tonight is pandering AF but understand the merit. It is a good idea in the sense of being like "Yo man, I/we do not agree at all with what happened and never in a million years would call you an N word" but at the same time it's something that shouldn't even have to happen because this is an issue that shouldn't exist. People shouldn't treat each other that way. But what does giving him a standing O really do? Get some buzz on twitter for a few minutes? It doesn't solve anything. How about we do something about stopping racism? All the standing O will do is make people happy online for a few minutes, it isn't going to change shit.
Also given the bad blood between both teams I don't love the idea of giving one of their best players a standing O. I'll dap him up and be like you're a great major leaguer and I respect everything you've done for the game. But idk how I feel about giving a rival player a standing O. Again I understand the idea just don't love it. However given the magnitude of the situation this is bigger than sports.