Thursday, August 17, 2017

John Henry: Sox Will Lead Effort To Ditch Yawkey Way

Red Sox principal owner John Henry says the team will lead an effort to re-name the street his franchise sits on: Yawkey Way. The street, of course, is named after Thomas Yawkey, whose family owned the team from 1933 to 2002—when the new owners (led by Henry) took over. Said Henry: "The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets. But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can – particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived." Reportedly, Henry favors re-naming the thoroughfare either "David Ortiz Way" or "Big Papi Way".