Jason Heyward wasn't surprised when he heard Adam Jones' complaints about hearing racist taunts at Fenway. The Cubs outfielder said, unfortunately, that's just what happens to black players in baseball.
“It’s a part of sports,” Heyward said Tuesday night. “People are going to say whatever they think is going to help their team win and try and get under somebody’s skin. And then they’ll start drawing a line somewhere. It’s something I feel like a lot of people would just like to not hear anymore ever, but it’s part of life."
Jones was upset not only because he heard the N-word, but because a fan also threw a bag of peanuts at him during Monday's game. On Tuesday, Red Sox fans cheered Jones during his first plate appearance, but that didn't really solve the problem.
Heyward says he's heard racist taunts at Fenway and at other ball parks too.
“It’s not the only park I’ve been in where I’ve heard it," Heyward said. “So that’s why I would say I’m not too surprised. And, again, when I say ‘not too surprised,’ I don’t mean it like ‘of course there.’ It happens. I’ve heard it my whole life, so it is what it is."
The Red Sox issued an apology for the actions saying in part, "No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park."