Jeff Passan doesn’t sound very happy about the World Series matchup.
The Red Sox finished off the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at Fenway Park and won the American League pennant in the process. That sets up a rematch of the 2004 World Series when the Sox and St. Louis Cardinals begin this year’s Fall Classic on Wednesday.
Passan, who is a national baseball reporter for Yahoo! Sports, has a “unique” take on this year’s installment of the World Series. Just moments after the Red Sox put the finishing touches on the American League Championship Series, Passan fired off a head-scratching tweet.[tweet https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/391776151225778178 align=’center’]
While there’s no denying that many cities have had challenging moments in race relations, Passan’s focus on racism is not a storyline that’s on the forefront of many minds heading into the World Series. Except for Passan’s, apparently.
Passan reported after Game 2 that a Red Sox fan allegedly made racist remarks to fellow fans. The report alleged a fan — the same fan who grabbed a home run ball out of another fan’s hands and threw it onto the field — made racist remarks to a Tigers fan. As CBS Boston’s Michael Hurley pointed out on Twitter, a part of Passan’s story detailing Boston’s history of racism was removed from the story overnight.
Update: Passan later tweeted that he was “playing on stereotypes” and asked Bostonians to “chill.”[tweet https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/391798268948398080 align=’center’]