'Racism is as American as baseball' sign hangs at Fenway

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

A few fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign denouncing racism during the fourth inning of Boston's game against Oakland at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

Some fans draped a black banner on the iconic green wall in left field with the phrase "Racism is as American as Baseball" written across the front. Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com noted the sign "hung for a couple of minutes" before security were able to pull it down.

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On May 1, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said that at least one Red Sox fan had called him a racially derogatory term, and another threw a bag of peanuts at him. A short time after, the Boston Red Sox have talked about changing the name of Yawkey Way.

The Red Sox were honoring a US military veteran during that particular inning break. Recently Red Sox ownership proposed that Yawkey Way near Fenway Park be renamed for David Ortiz.

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