“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As the Baseball Sociologist, I am deeply concerned about what happened in Boston Monday night during the Orioles-Red Sox game. I am also concerned about the way it was covered in the media. As an Orioles fan, I am even more upset. Don’t mess with Adam Jones. Or anyone on my team.
I’m still pondering the media coverage, and will comment more on that at a later date. But I wanted to share one thing that appears to have been largely overlooked in the coverage of all this: a simple tweet by Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts:
A few hours later, Boston fans warmly welcomed Adam Jones to the field:
I don’t know how many folks were responding to Betts’ tweet, how many were simply applauding because everyone else was, or how many were truly sorry for the actions of a few bad people.
But at least it’s a start.