As Bill noted last night, fans in Fenway Park threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. Jones also said that fans yelled racial epithets at him. He was not too happy about it after the game, and justifiably so.
The Red Sox have issued a statement about all of that, apologizing to Jones and the Orioles organization, saying they have “zero tolerance” of such behavior, saying that they are “sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”
Here’s the whole statement:
While acknowledging that the Red Sox can’t obsessively police 37,o00 people to completely ensure that such stuff doesn’t happen again, I feel like “forfeiting his/her right to remain in the ballpark” and possibly being subject to “further action” seems a bit less than “zero tolerance.” How about a permanent ban from the park? If that’s not part of the policy as articulated in the statement, I’d suggest it should be.
Otherwise: jerks are jerks.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.