Hours after a conference call to tell the Red Sox and Orioles "Enough is enough", Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning for hitting a batter as Boston went on to win 4-2 Wednesday night at Fenway Park. "The Red Sox players spoke out and said "Hey fans, we need you guys to have a standing ovation".
The incident has been turned over to Boston Police who will investigate.
The man denied using the slur when approached by Red Sox security.
Jones said he was called the N-word by someone in the stands Monday night.
Hennick, 35, was sitting at the game with his father-in-law, who is black, and his 6-year-old son.
"The white fan right next to me, the middle-aged man leaned over and said 'she sang too long and she n-worded it up, '" Hennick told WBZ.
Hennick said he asked the man to repeat his statement. He said the Red Sox moved his family away from the scene, and kicked the fan out of the game.
And it was downhill from there for the Orioles, who unraveled a bit and couldn't seem to recover as the Red Sox won, 4-2, in the third game of this four-game series that will end Thursday night.
The interaction came on the same night Red Sox fans had been urged to show they welcome all races, after Monday's ugly incident that targeted Adam Jones.
He said he understands it will be hard to enforce, but added that the Fenway Park security team will take the proper steps to ensure they do the best they can. "It was terrible, and as I understand it, [he] actually asked the other person to repeat what they just said, confirm that they just said it. We don't think that's the right way to play baseball".
"I'm here to send a message loud and clear that the treatment of others that you've been reading about here lately is unacceptable", Kennedy said on Wednesday.
Kennedy said he was angry and frustrated after the episode with Jones, but the one with Hennick made him sad and feel "deep remorse that these things happen in our society". The fan responsible for hurling a bag of peanuts at Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles has now been banned from attending games at Fenway Park in the future.
"Yes, it was a racial comment", Red Sox club president Sam Kennedy said, according to the team.
The umpire's rapid reaction likely stemmed from the harsh warning Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred issued the two sides earlier Wednesday, telling them "enough is enough" after weeks' worth of retaliatory behavior, Red Sox manager John Farrell relayed to ESPN. "It's 2017 and we're still kind of dealing with that, especially with how integrated everything is".