CC Sabathia Says He's Also Experienced Racial Taunts at Fenway Park

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he, like Adam Jones, has experienced racial taunts at Boston's Fenway Park.

Yankess pitcher CC Sabathia stands in the dugout during a 2017 game.
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Yankess pitcher CC Sabathia stands in the dugout during a 2017 game.

After news broke that Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was subjected to racial taunts during Monday night's game against the Boston Red Sox, it seemed only natural to ask another black ballplayer if he had experienced similar treatment. Enter Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, a 17-year MLB veteran, who made his big league debut all the way back in April of 2001.

Sabathia relayed to Yanks beat writer Erik Bolland that he had indeed been through similar experiences (though not since joining New York in 2009), and that it was something that he and the other 62 black players currently in the league simply expect when they run through Fenway Park:

Sabathia said he's experienced what Adam Jones did in Boston, though not since he's been with Yankees because their security presence in pen

— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 2, 2017

Sabathia said it's talked about among black major leaguers: "we know. There's 62 of us. We all know. When you go to Boston, expect it."

— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 2, 2017

Sabathia also added that he's never been called the n-word in any Major League stadium besides the Red Sox's home field:

Sabathia said in his big league career "I've never been called the N word" anywhere but in Boston

— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 2, 2017

Yeesh. Definitely not a good reputation to acquire.

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