The Red Sox have officially filed a petition with the City of Boston to get rid of the name Yawkey Way. This was more a matter of when than if with the Red Sox. Owner/living zombie John Henry has said he's haunted (which is complete bullshit) by the name and wants it to be more "inclusive". The writing was on the wall. I can in theory understand where they're coming from given Yawkey's pretty racist past, which I don't agree with either. You shouldn't be racist. But I just hate the move. I'm sorry but idgaf. I like the ring to it. I don't like change and most importantly we need to realize and accept that people were shitty back then. Instead of erasing history let's learn from it.
There is your semi-annual Jonestown reference in a DOL blog. Jim Jones was a maniac but he was right with that sign. People in the past were shitty. Our founding fathers owned slaved. Columbus raped and killed many, but I'm not giving up Columbus Day. Should we change the name of Disney because Walt Disney was anti-Semite? Where is the line?
Yawkey Way is as much a part of The Red Sox as Fenway Park and the Green Monster. It's ingrained in the Fenway Park experience. You go there, spend 12 bucks on a beer, and hit the pro shop before stepping into America'a Most Beloved Ballpark. To me changing it is just a fake PC warrior move to make yourself look better than you actually are and try to make the Fenway crowds less white. (they are a little too white tbh)
Even though I hate that the Indians are killing Chief Wahoo, I can at least understand their reasons why. Here it just seems like the Sox are doing a little too much. Yes, Tom Yawkey was a racist, but he also donated and helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the Jimmy Fund. He's not a total monster. I'm not trying to make excuses for being a racist, but we can't just erase all bad people from history. He owned the Red Sox for over 40 years, that's a long ass time. The dude was alive during the heart of racism in America. It was a different era. I'm just saying he wasn't an outlier.
If they're gonna change the name you gotta come up with something better than Jersey Street. I guess that's technically the name of the street it's on, but you gotta go Red Sox related. I don't like David Ortiz Drive because they've already given Papi enough, and it's a weird move to do while he's still alive. Think the easy choice is Ted Williams Way. Although he even though he's the greatest hitter of all time and war hero he wasn't a great father so I guess they'll have to cross him off the list. But let's be honest people are gonna still call it Yawkey Way. It's like how I called Rite Aid Brooks for like 5 years.
RIP Yawkey Way 1976-2018?
UPDATE: The Yawkey' Foundation isn't going out without a fight.