The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, who were engaged in a heated controversy over a poor slid that Manny Machado executed last week, have added another match to the fire. Frankly, it's hard to blame him.
The applause began building and much of the crowd rose to its feet, following the suggestion of Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts that fans stand in a show of support for Jones, the target of racial abuse during the previous night's game.
As Jones walked up to home plate, Red Sox fans began to cheer and even started clapping when starting pitcher Chris Sale stepped off the mound to allow the moment of support to breathe.
"If you're going to (expletive) hit me, go ahead, (expletive) hit me". I'm trying to make a living for myself and for my family. Don't keep lingering it around and doing that. It's (bleep) bullshit. It's (bleep) bullshit. Right before that, Machado said Major League Baseball needs to address the issue of a pitcher throwing an 100 miles per hour pitch at a hitter's head. "So that's why I would say I'm not too surprised". I could go up there and crush somebody if I wanted to, but you know what, I'll get suspended for a year and the pitchers only get suspended for two games.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter, said, "I can't sit here and profess that I know how Adam feels".
During their April 23 meeting, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes sent a pitch that whizzed behind Machado's head and hit the slugger's bat.
"You hear stuff, you hear stuff", Heyward said before the game Tuesday against the Phillies. "I've lost mad respect for that team and that organization", he said.
Sale, though, did not sound particularly moved by Machado's statements.
The Red Sox ballpark and offices are located on Yawkey Way, named for franchise owner Tom Yawkey who presided over the team at the time.
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It's very likely we could see the Orioles look for retaliation here Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Sale's first pitch to Machado was the latest in a string of seemingly retaliatory gestures stemming from the teams' series last week at Camden Yards. "I'm not losing sleep tonight". A NESN camera captured Pedroia yelling to Machado, "That's not me, that's them".
The Red Sox said they were reviewing what happened at the game, but that any spectator behaving poorly forfeits the right to be in the ballpark and could be subject to further action.
USA Today Sports reported that Red Sox officials confirmed that a fan threw a bag of peanuts at Jones and was ejected from the stadium.
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The All-Star said he felt "it was just the right time" to speak out.
Asked what he expected going forward, Machado said, "They are probably going to try to hit me again [tomorrow]". To have them intentionally throw at him three times, that's just unacceptable.
Hall of Famer and Yankees senior adviser Reggie Jackson said the incident with Jones proves the United States has a long way to go with race relations.