The Red Sox have banned a fan for life for using a racial slur

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While the identity of the person or persons who hurled a racial slur at Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones is unknown, another fan who was in the crowd at Fenway Park the next night has been banned for life for uttering a racial slur at someone else.

Team president Sam Kennedy said last night that the fan was banned for using a slur to to describe a Kenyan woman who sang the National Anthem before the game:

Calvin Hennick, a Boston resident bringing his son to his first Red Sox game as a present for his sixth birthday, wrote on Facebook and confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that a neighboring fan used a variant of the N-word when referring to the national anthem singer. Surprised, Hennick asked him to repeat it, and the other fan did.

Hennick summoned security and they ejected the other fan, whose name has not been released. Hennick said the man denied to security using a racial slur.

Kennedy thanked Hennick, who is white, for coming forward. Hennick said that he believed the fan offering the slur assumed Hennick would appreciate his comments, assuming it was safe to say it only to another white person.

Which, based on my own experience, rings true. It’s amazing what people will say to you if you are superficially similar to they are. If you’re white. If you’re a man. If you’re an American citizen. If you’re straight.

Kudos to the Red Sox for acting so swiftly. If you want to be obnoxious, by all means, be obnoxious. You have that right. But do it on your own time in a place where people aren’t simply trying to enjoy some entertainment with their families. There’s no place at all for that at the ballpark.

Police are keeping reporters away from owners at the owners meetings

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The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.

Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.

Here’s how it went:

This was confirmed by other reporters:

To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.

But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.

We live in interesting times.