Orioles' Adam Jones told USA Today after the game: “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight."
When Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned flying bags of peanuts while lamenting the conditions of Monday night's 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox, what seemed like a joke turned out to be true.
"It's a tough night to play," Showalter said. "It's wet, cold, windy, people throwing peanut bags. You name it."
In addition to a night of vitriol aimed at third baseman Manny Machado for his slide that injured Boston star Dustrin Pedroia, center fielder Adam Jones said in an interview with USA Today that he was the target of that bag of peanuts and much worse Monday.
"A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me," Jones told USA Today's Bob Nightengale after the game. "I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome."
The thrown bag of peanuts occurred in the dugout, Jones said, and he suggested a punishment worse than simple ejection for such behavior.
Jones went on to say he heard there were as many as 60 ejections at Fenway Park, and said several times that the whole situation was unfortunate.
He said: "It's unfortunate that people need [to resort] to those types of epithets to degrade another human being. I'm trying to make a living for myself and for my family. … It's unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors."
Jones seemed to let his emotions join him on the field when first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a flare to center field with two outs in the eighth. Jones, playing in his new deeper station in center field, charged in and rolled as he made the grab to end the inning and the Red Sox threat. As he got up, he turned quickly to gesture toward the center-field fans.