Don’t tolerate racists in sports stadiums or ballparks; point them out and get them out
I’m not an Oriole fan in particular and never have been since they waylayed my Reds in five games in the 1970 World Series. That and the announcer guy with the hounds tooth hat who used to pronounce them “The Oh-ree-ohls…” Chuck Whatshisname. He always annoyed me.
But if I have a chance, I will stand up and applaud one Oriole just on principle. I will give Adam Jones a standing O in his first plate appearance of any Orioles game I might see.
I won’t really be cheering for Jones. Or anything he said or did. I’ll be cheering for the America I know is out there.
Mookie Betts asked that fans stand up and applaud Jones in his first at bat on Tuesday at Fenway Park after Monday’s well-publicized incident. And, surprisingly enough, much of the crowd did.
They weren’t cheering for Jones; he’s an Oriole and they were almost all Red Sox fans. They were cheering for humanity and civility and modern society. They were cheering against the jackasses who think they’ve been set free the last few months.
For just a minute, the home team became Intelligence and the opponent became Stupidity.
That’s the idea. When you see hayseeds who think they’ve been liberated, stand in defiance. Let them know they aren’t winning and won’t win.
That’s what I think all of us who feel that way should do. Don’t pretend that throwing peanuts at a black or brown ballplayer is something that should be tolerated. That anyone who won’t tolerate it is “too sensitive.” The pigs who use the N-word and think it’s funny and those who are starting to say in public what they used to only say around their dumbass friends are doing it for two reasons:
They think it’s now somehow OK now. And they think no one will call them on it.
You do what you like, but I’m not sitting still. This isn’t simply up to “the authorities” to handle; it’s up to all of us.
The fact that this battle still has to be fought at all anymore in this country is dispiriting, I know. But if it’s necessary, so be it.
So, I’m calling out anyone I see or hear doing or saying such stuff. At games, in public places, anywhere. I’m confronting these halfwits and I’m making them know that they’re still not acceptable.
If it’s at a game, I’m following the Sam Wyche directive: “The next person that sees anyone throw anything on this field, you point ’em out and we’ll get ’em outa here!”
But it won’t just be seeing physical acts, it’ll be verbal acts, too. That’s how you respond to idiots. You can’t argue with them, because they’re stupid. You just find as many people to identify them with you as possible and then go to security, ID them and have them removed. That’s how to put them back under their rocks.
I take a practical approach. They will never be cured because they were bred by trash and they will remain trash. I don’t want to talk to them. I don’t seek to change them; I think that’s a lost cause. I just want them back in their own scummy little worlds where they can gaze at their swastika wall flags and yammer to each other.
I have to take Jones at he’s word that he’s not “too sensitive” when it comes to harsh treatment in road ballparks. This is what he said yesterday:
“Boo me, tell me I suck. … Just leave the racial stuff out of it.”
Is that too much to ask? If you think so, too bad. You’re on the losing side in this. This country has too many good people to tolerate you. That’s about to be proven by the rest of us. It’s a big number.
DAVID JONES: email@example.com