By noon on Friday, before an important weekend series against the visiting Yankees, fans had already begun filtering onto the street, lining up to take tours of Fenway Park and wandering in and out of the shops.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh supports changing the name, members of his staff said, although he declined to address the topic with reporters on Friday, saying he was focused on the demonstrations in the city planned for Saturday.
Debate exploded on local radio, however, with callers to several stations objecting to a potential name change. One man, identifying himself as “John from Quincy,” said on WGBH that changing the name was “foolish” because no one thinks about Yawkey when they go to games at Fenway.
“If you want to do something for whites and blacks,” he added, “lower the ticket prices.”
The Yawkey Foundations, a major local charity that has contributed almost half a billion dollars to causes in Boston over the years, issued a statement saying it had always been “colorblind” and was disheartened by the proposed change.
“We are honored to have the Yawkey name on so many organizations and institutions…