Pedroia has acted honorably but not so his team or fans
May 04, 2017 at 3:24 PM
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones talks about a bag of peanuts thrown at him by a fan and racial slurs shouted at him by a fan or fans during the game against Boston Red Sox. (Jon Meoli, Baltimore Sun video)
Dustin Pedroia is the consummate example of what it means to be a baseball player. Though over several seasons he has played well offensively and defensively against the Orioles, we here in Baltimore recognize a true sportsman. He knew and quickly acknowledged that Manny Machado did not intentionally try to knock him over. It is obvious to any intelligent person who has viewed the replay that Manny was upset that it happened and quickly tried to ease Mr. Pedroia to the ground.
This continued harassment of both players by the Boston Red Sox players, the fans and the Boston media is what spoils the enjoyment of watching the game. After all, Mr. Pedroia's teammates are not supporting him ("Jeff Jacobs: Another black eye for Boston, but Fenway fans can crush the cowards," May 2)! I can only imagine how this affects young aspiring ball players. I taught elementary school for 41 years, and I know that the children are discussing, and heatedly at times, what is going on in Boston. At a time when we need to spread more kindness and understanding with all that is happening in the world, the Boston fans and the Major League Baseball umpires feel the need to keep bad feelings alive and well.
I was pleasantly surprised that the "powers that be" quickly admitted that the comments to Adam Jones were condemned and that the majority of fans were good enough to give him a standing ovation.
I truly wish that our team and management would have quietly walked off the field after the debacle with Kevin Gausman ("Gausman ejected after another hit batter in Orioles-Red Sox," May 4), forfeiting the game to let the league and Boston know that this type of behavior has no place in sports. I truly hope we all give Dustin Pedroia a standing ovation when next he plays in our ballpark.