Protesters Held a "Racism is as American as Baseball" Sign During a Red Sox Game
It's almost like...you can't keep politics out of sports.
A group of baseball fans showcased a giant sign saying Racism is as American as baseball during a Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics game on Wednesday evening.
The game was played at Boston's Fenway Park. Fans hung the sign off of the left field wall known as the Green Monster during the 4th inning. The sign was up for only about a minute before security came and removed the fans and the sign.
After the game the Red Sox released an official statement about the incident:
"During the 4th inning of tonight's game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club's policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park."
According to Mass Live, there were four individuals holding the sign. One of the individuals told security that they were inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
\u201c"Racism is as American as baseball." -Fenway Park\u201d— L E F T, PhD \u26ab\ufe0f (@L E F T, PhD \u26ab\ufe0f) 1505349670
\u201cA sign that read 'Racism is American as baseball' was just dropped from the Green Monster by a fan at Fenway.\u201d— Jen McCaffrey (@Jen McCaffrey) 1505348575
Fenway Park is an interesting place for this to have happened. Earlier this season, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jonesaccused Red Sox fans of calling him the N-word during a game.