Former Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter revealed this week that he often feared playing against the Red Sox in Boston due to the racial abuse he would receive from fans.
After Hunter claimed he worked a no-trade clause to Boston into all of his contracts, former Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who himself claimed to be the subject of racist taunts during his time with Baltimore, showed that he stands with Hunter in a response on Twitter.
— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) June 7, 2020
But the conversation didn’t end there.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. thanked these two former stars for giving him advice on how to deal with racial abuse, adding that he appreciated the veterans’ “leadership.”
I definitely have appreciated both of y’all’s leadership and advice along the way ?
— Jackie Bradley Jr. (@JackieBradleyJr) June 7, 2020
Considering Hunter and Jones’ less-than-complimentary review of the fans in Boston, and the fact that Bradley used to play games on Yawkey Way, named after a guy in Tom Yawkey who consistently resisted attempts to break the team’s color barrier, it seems Bradley knows all about the history of racial discord in his city.
Talking to players like Hunter and Jones as he tries to either find a solution for these problems, or tips on how to ignore them, is a perfect decision for the speedy young centerfielder.
As a passionate Red Sox fan, I’m truly sorry that you get subjected to this at Fenway. You’re a good man Jackie. #BlackLivesMatter
— Trevor Barnette (@trevor_barnette) June 7, 2020
MLB isn’t playing games at the moment, but protests and demonstrations against racism are expected to bleed over into the 2020 season. As one of the better young outfielders in the game, Bradley knows the kind of power that his voice and actions can hold.
He’s also, fittingly, a free agent after the 2020 season.