Fans at the Red Sox vs. Athletics game were distracted from the play on the field for a few minutes during the 4th Inning on Wednesday, September 13, as Fenway Park staff raced over to the left field stands to pull back a giant anti-racist banner that protesters had draped over the Green Monster.
"Racism is as American as baseball," the black sign read, in white letters. The banner was held by three individuals, but according to organizers of the action, there were eight involved. They were members of various groups who organize against racism in the local Boston area according to the unnamed demonstrator, but in a tweet later sent out over social media, Boston Antifa claimed to be responsible for the action. "What we did tonight at #Fenway was for our allies DSA & #BlackLivesMatter. Now a question to you: Baseball is racist. Do you support racism?" the group posed to its followers.
The fans found to be in possession of the sign were kicked out of the stadium. The Red Sox front office would later issue a statement which read, "During the fourth inning of tonight's game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club's policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park."