Fenway Park — home to Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox and best known for the 37-foot high left-field fence known as the "green monster" — now has a new wall drawing people's attention. The team unveiled a giant, 250-foot Black Lives Matter billboard next to the stadium on Wednesday.
Done in honor of the team's first black player, Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, who died last year, the billboard is part of the ongoing effort of major sports leagues to pay tribute to the social movement that gained renewed focus following the May killing of George Floyd.
The billboard's reveal was timed to correspond to the official opening of the 2020 MLB season Thursday night, but is hardly a surprise given the outspoken position Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy has taken on matters of social justice.
"Please know we stand with you,'' Kennedy wrote in a statement on the team's website. "Silence in the face of injustice is unacceptable."
? The Red Sox were the last professional baseball team to integrate, signing Green for the 1961 season.