Adam Jones gets a standing ovation at Fenway
Baltimore Orioles player Adam Jones received a standing ovation at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, a day after fans called him racial slurs and hurled objects at him.
The outfielder, who was second in the Orioles’s lineup Tuesday, received growing cheers and applause from fans in the stands. Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale stepped off the mound to allow fans the time to applaud Jones, and many rose to show him their respect.
The move came after Jones said Monday that “a disrespectful person threw a bag of peanuts at me and I got called the ‘N’ word a handful of times.”
It also came after Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts sent out a tweet asking Boston fans to literally stand up for Jones — and against racism.
On Tuesday, Jones said he understood being heckled by fans, but he implored them to “leave the racial stuff out of it.”
Jones said he’s been the victim of racial slurs many times at Fenway Park.
“I don’t know how many fingers I have, or toes, to keep count. You hear it. It’s just unfortunate that someone would resort to try and bring you down like that,” Jones said.
Jones struck out in three pitches.
Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell reacted with mock surprise when asked in the dugout during the game if the team still was upset by the taunting on Monday.
“What do you mean, we won!” McDowell said.
Then, turning serious, he added, “Hopefully, every day is a better one, and you learn from it.”
Boston University students David Fisher and Vincent Fisher, unrelated 19-year-olds from Long Island, stood and cheered Jones when he stepped to the plate in the first inning.
“We wanted to show him respect and welcome him, as opposed to Monday,” said David Fisher from Roslyn, N.Y.
“It was a sign of respect,” added Vincent Fisher, of Farmingdale, N.Y. “At the end of the day, it’s about baseball and not about the trash-talking,” David said.
Brian MacQuarrie, Matt Pepin, and Kenneth Singletary of the Globe staff contributed to this report.