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Red Sox ushers will wear ‘kind’ and ‘respectful’ pins for remainder of season

05.15.17 at 11:22 am ET
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The Red Sox say they're committed to fostering a safe environment at Fenway Park. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Sox say they’re committed to fostering a safe environment at Fenway Park. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Red Sox ushers are going to look a little different for the rest of the season.

This past home stand against the Rays, Fenway Park staff members wore “kind” and “respectful” pins. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, they’ll be sporting them for all future home games as well.

The decision to have Red Sox security personnel wear the pins comes on the heels of two reported racial incidents at the ballpark. Two weeks ago, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones said the N-word was directed at him a “handful” of times. One night later, the Red Sox banned a fan for life for directing a racial epithet towards another person in the stands.

In an interview last week on WEEI’s “Two Outs” podcast, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said the team is committed to enforcing its zero tolerance policy against hateful language at Fenway Park.

“I don’t worry about it being a slippery slope. It’s the club’s right. We plan on doing it,” he said. “We have an obligation and a responsibility to make sure people who come to Fenway Park, regardless of your religion, your race, your sexual orientation, you feel comfortable at Fenway. That is our job. We need to be held accountable for that. That’s something that’s really important to John Henry, Tom Werner and to me and to the members of our front office. We want our fans to let us know if they feel uncomfortable. Nobody should feel intimidated by coming to a baseball game at Fenway Park. This is a place to come and relax and enjoy and feel comfortable. That’s what I worry about.”

 

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