Al Meau served in World War II, worked as a prison guard and raised 13 kids. He also hit a home run in 1947 that they’re still talking about in Bluefield, W.Va.
“There’s a long history of these kind of things in Boston. I’ve spoke with various players of different eras, and a lot of things they’ve told me, I can’t say.”
As a player, I was only warned about two stadiums where racially motivated comments could occur..Fenway was one…#TruthSucksSometimes
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, among others on social media, called for fans at Tuesday’s game to stand and applaud Jones during his first at-bat. Jones says he’s fine with heckling from fans as long as they don’t cross the line.
“Boo me. Boo the Orioles. But don’t bring in demeaning comments based on race,” he said. “I don’t want no love, no support. I don’t need all that stuff. I just want the fans to be normal. I’ve got two little boys. I don’t want my kids to hear this. I’ve got nieces and nephews that are 10 and 11. How do I explain things?”
“Things like this, they don’t have a place in the game,” Jones continued. “I thought we moved past that a long time ago, but obviously with what’s going on in the real world, people are outraged and speaking up at an alarming rate. It’s unfortunate that I had Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL to be involved with it.”
Jones was one of just 62 African-American players on opening day rosters, and has been outspoken about race in baseball before. Last year, Jones said to USA Today, “Baseball is a white man’s sport,” referring to the low number of black players in the majors.