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Cameron brings 'sexiness, color' back to lineup

Jun 6, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

cameron swinging.jpgMike Cameron returned to the Red Sox’s lineup on Sunday after missing five straight games with abdominal soreness.  When asked what he hoped to bring to the batting order after such a long absence, here’s what he shared with the Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarisi:

“Sexiness and color,” Cameron laughed, before getting serious. “No, It’s
going to be kind of cool.  I get a chance one more time to
run out here and see if I can play some baseball.”

Cameron is batting a healthy .271 with a .364 on-base percentage this year, but he’s struggled to stay active through a range of injuries.  The 37-year-old missed 34 games earlier this season due to an ab strain and he hasn’t played in over 150 games since 2007.  He’ll start about three times a week until the abdomen soreness fully dissipates.

That means both Bill Hall and Darnell McDonald will remain regularly-seen members of the Boston outfield.  In fact, they’re both starting today alongside Cameron, marking the first time in 10 years that the Red Sox have featured an all African-American starting outfield.  Good to see.

  1. Joey B - Jun 6, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    “That means both Bill Hall and Darnell McDonald will remain regularly-seen members of the Boston outfield. In fact, they’re both starting today alongside Cameron, marking the first time in 10 years that the Red Sox have featured an all African-American starting outfield. Good to see.”
    I challenge you to say an all-white track team, or basketball team, or an all-white anything is a good thing. Your kind of racism should have died out a long time ago. The only thing that is ‘good to see’ is an outfield comprised of the best players reasonably available, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else.
    You should be ashamed to root for one race over another.

  2. J Rose - Jun 6, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Yeah, I knd of agree with what Joey said. I’m sure you didn’t mean anything harmful with your comment, but as a Red Sox fan I’d much rather see three players who were healthy and talented enough to start in the outfield regardless of their skin color or nationality than just three African American outfielders. I’m all for equal rights and opportunities, but as a baseball fan I’m more concerned with fielding a team that can help my club win.

  3. pete morgante - Jun 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    typical media comment…..who cares about the color of the outfield……might as well comment that there havent been more than 20 black fans seen at a red sox game in the last 30 years….why?????…..white fans fill stadiums to cheer for all black teams daily in this country…has the opposite ever happened once?????….we know the answer

  4. Gibson - Jun 6, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Oh, please! This has nothing to do with “racism”, get off your offended high horses. There are fewer African-Americans in baseball today than ever before in the history of the sport – this is all about encouraging African-American kids to play this great game by providing role-models they can look up to and relate to, not about discriminating against white Red Sox fans. Sheesh!

  5. kyle s - Jun 6, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    cameron’s comment is funny, but i don’t see the purpose in extrapolating it out into a whole race thing.

  6. Moses Green - Jun 6, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    It’s good to see – I’m soooo with you.
    2000? I’m thinking Troy O’Leary, Darren Lewis and Jurassic Carl.

  7. pete morgante - Jun 6, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    we need to stop looking at color completely…both ways…..the media however is obsessed with it….in a MILLION years they would never suggest the celtics need a white starter…and they shouldnt..cameron was only joking but the liberals that clog the media just cant help themselves and their politically correct views

  8. BringBackYaz - Jun 6, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Why would the news media say an all-black Red Sox outfield (which means two starters are unavailable) is a good thing, but made plenty of noise about the 1980s Bird-McHale-Ainge Celtics being too white?
    Why? Because they are racists, or guilt-ridden caucasians, neither of which are worth a damn.

  9. Joey B - Jun 6, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    “There are fewer African-Americans in baseball today than ever before in the history of the sport – this is all about encouraging African-American kids to play this great game”
    Then you’re saying that the writer should opine that the Celtics having an all-white is a good thing? Isn’t that what he’s really saying? If someone wrote that the Celtics needed more white players, they’d get pilloried. This is like from the ’70s when everytime the interviewed a black FB player, the interviewer would add as a closer, ‘and he’s so well spoken’.
    This stuff is dead, and the only ones keeping it alive are some semi-literate guilt-ridden sportswriters. My kids play sports in the Bronx. No one cares who’s black, white, Latino, or a mixed marriage. If you told them what you just said, they’d think you were completely nuts.

  10. Hugh - Jun 6, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Who said the ’80s Celts were too white? No one. If you win, no one gives a rat’s ass.
    The Sox used to be lily white a long time ago. Not really worth commenting on either way today. Not sure why the commenters care that much.

  11. Hugh - Jun 6, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Joey, you in Riverdale?

  12. JBerardi - Jun 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Gee, all you people who totally don’t care about race are awfully worked up about this extremely tame comment regarding race. Boston doesn’t have the greatest history regarding race, so yeah, it is nice to see tangible evidence that we’ve made progress in that area.

  13. Joey B - Jun 7, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    ” it is nice to see tangible evidence that we’ve made progress in that area.”
    It’s not progress. That implies you’re moving towards a goal. That goal was reached 20-30 years ago. No one cared about the complexion of the team since I can remember. If Garnett went down with an injury, and he got replaced by a white guy, there would not be one single person in Boston that would consider that progress. Would you?

  14. Joey B - Jun 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    “Joey, you in Riverdale?”
    Originally from 138th. Still a nice section down there. Riverdale never appealed to me. It just doesn’t seem like a neighborhood, or at least a defined neighborhood. Still nicer than some other sections, and the section near Inwood Park is nice and a pretty quick ride into the city. If I had to live on the West Side, that’s where I’d set up.

  15. JBerardi - Jun 7, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Even if I buy into your ridiculous premise that race is a non-issue in 2010, so what? We’re only allowed to be happy about something immediately after it happens? What’s the statute of limitations on appreciating social progress?

  16. Joey B - Jun 7, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Like I said, it’s not progress. You have three blacks playing together because of injuries. Injuries are not progress. The RS don’t have these three guys on the team because they are progressive.
    Now, how about answering my question?
    Would you consider it progress if Garnett got injured and got replaced by a white player? And if so, would replacing him with a black player be considered a lack of progress?

  17. JBerardi - Jun 7, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    It could be considered progress if there was a history of discrimination against whites in Basketball. That isn’t the case, however.

    Here, maybe this will explain a few things.

  18. Joey B - Jun 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    “It could be considered progress if there was a history of discrimination against whites in Basketball. That isn’t the case, however.”
    There is no discrimination against blacks in BB, and there is no discrimination against whites in basketball. If more blacks in the RS OF is considered a good thing, then more whites in the Celtic front court MUST be considered a good thing, if you wish to remain consistent.
    It’s beyond silly to condone the writer’s remarks that 3 white guys in the Celtics’ front court is “good to see”.
    Sorry, that was a typo, I meant to say, 3 blacks in the RS OF is a good thing to see.
    It’s clearly racist to prefer to see one group over another for no other reason than the color of their skin.

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