The Boston Red Sox recently issued a statement in response to former player Torii Hunter’s revelation that he was the subject of frequent racism while playing at Fenway Park. “I’ve been called the N-word in Boston more than 100 times. All the time. From little kids, and grown-ups sitting right next to them didn’t say anything,” he mentioned in an interview, also revealing that he had a no-trade clause in every contract that would keep him away from Boston.
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Torii’s experience is far from an isolated incident, apparently, as former Sox 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis has come forward with a story of dealing with some racist a-holes at Fenway.
“There was one incident where a fan came running down and was being extra harsh towards one of our Black players,” Youk mentioned, continuing “I just got fed up and I stood up and told him to ’Shut the F up, and if you don’t like it get out of here…I will never forget that moment because I was boiling. You could see the tension, and it wasn’t the same tension that was towards a white player.”
Good on Youk for standing up for his teammate and getting that guy to shut his mouth. There’s no place for that kind of hatred in Baseball, or anywhere in the world for that matter, and if more players would take an active stand against it there’s probably a pretty good chance that this stuff wouldn’t happen anymore. Racists will keep on being racist, but if they have legions of people willing to scream at them and beat them into the ground at any given moment, I’m sure they’d finally keep quiet. Don’t be surprised if more stories like this start coming out, Torii’s story is just the beginning.