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Red Sox asks Boston to change name of controversial street

Red Sox asks Boston to change name of controversial street Red Sox asks Boston to change name of controversial street
Noah Ferguson | 03 March, 2018, 02:18

In a statement released by the team on Wednesday, the Red Sox said they would like to see the city change Yawkey Way to Jersey Street, which was its original name prior to 1977.

The name has been under fire for years for its connection to what the team's principal owner has said is the franchise's complicated racial past under former owner Tom Yawkey.

The Red Sox have gotten the approval from all of the streets abutters - which include them as well as the '47 Store across the street from Fenway Park - to change the name, according to The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman.

The petition was submitted to the Boston Public Improvement Commission, with the change representing a symbol of inclusion, the team announced Wednesday.

We are deeply disappointed that Red Sox and Boston Globe owner John Henry has petitioned the city's Public Improvement Commission to rename Yawkey Way, an action based on a false narrative about Tom Yawkey and his record as the team's owner.

The foundation said they are urging the commission to consider all the facts concerning Yawkey as they review the team's petition. "We are confident that if it does so, it will reject [team owner John] Henry's petition".

It is important to separate the unfortunate and undeniable history of the Red Sox with regards to race and integration from the incredible charitable work the Yawkey Foundation has accomplished in this millennium and over the last 16 years.

Yawkey Way is on the west side of Fenway Park and runs from Van Ness Street to Brookline Avenue, roughly from behind home plate in the stadium down the left field line. "We have the utmost respect for their mission, leadership, and the institutions they support", the team added.

In August, Mayor Martin J. Walsh's office said that he was "supportive of this change". The city renamed a stretch of the road David Ortiz Drive last summer in honor of the retired Red Sox designated hitter. The Red Sox also held an event with other New England teams promoting acceptance and inclusivity. Until then, Red Sox fans should gear up to enter the park on Jersey Street from now on.

The Yawkey Foundation, which was funded largely by the $700 million Henry's group paid for the team, has been a philanthropic force in Boston for the past 15 years.

The Red Sox in their statement sought to emphasize the good works of the foundation without ignoring the history associated with Yawkey.

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