Jason Heyward wasn’t surprised when he heard Adam Jones’ complaints about hearing racist taunts at Fenway. The Cubs outfielder said, unfortunately, that’s just what happens to black players in baseball.
“It’s a part of sports,” Heyward said Tuesday night. “People are going to say whatever they think is going to help their team win and try and get under somebody’s skin. And then they’ll start drawing a line somewhere. It’s something I feel like a lot of people would just like to not hear anymore ever, but it’s part of life.”
Jones was upset not only because he heard the N-word, but because a fan also threw a bag of peanuts at him during Monday’s game. On Tuesday, Red Sox fans Cheap Jerseys Kids cheered Jones during his first plate appearance, but that didn’t really solve the problem.
The defending World Series champions are just 17-16, in a tie with the Brewers — who won just 73 games last year — for third place in the National League Central. Both teams are just a game back of the Cardinals (18-14), and a half-game back of the Reds (18-15), who snapped the Yankees’ six-game win streak on Tuesday.
While pitching was Chicago’s strength last year, it’s been one of the team’s weaknesses so far this season. Ace Jake Arrieta, who was the 2015 Cy Young winner and threw a no-hitter last year during an 18-8 season with a 3.10 ERA, has seen his ERA balloon to 5.35 after surrendering nine runs, five earned, in five innings on Tuesday.
“We’re all focused on hitting,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I want us to play defense and pitch.”