I saw this item this morning:
Fans deep in the heart of Boston Red Sox country don’t have to like the New York Yankees. But they do have to be careful how they show that.
Officials with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are cracking down on offensive t-shirts and abusive comments as the Fisher Cats play a New Jersey-based Yankees farm team in Manchester this weekend.
The team’s president said people wearing shirts reading “Yankees Bleep” are asked to either turn them inside out or leave.
The team said it was ready to stop games to make announcements if typical abusive and explicit anti-Yankee chants broke out.
One fan who took his 8-year-old daughter to Friday’s game said he approves since he doesn’t want to have to explain to her why some adults are “behaving badly.”
The Fisher Cats are a Blue Jays affiliate. But, before anyone gives the Jays too much credit, remember, it was March of 2003 when the Blue Jays took out ads in newspapers urging Toronto fans — in English and Japanese — to come out and boo New York slugger Hideki Matsui. The ads also showed a Yankees cap covered in bird droppings.
At the time, Toronto said they were just trying to have fun and reverse an attendance slide.
So, I have to give the Fisher Cats management all the credit for this good move. Minor league ball is all about a good, clean, time at the ballpark. It should not be about having to explain to your kids that people can he idiots at times.