I am truly pained to write what I am in this post.
I have never been much of a spectator-sport person. My parents didn’t watch it on TV, and I grew up in the middle of nowhere in a family without a ton of $$$, so the trek to watch professional sports was both too far and too expensive. I still have never gone to an NFL game.
But, I still had love in my heart for one major league sport: baseball.
Sadly, no more.
I also grew up in a world where sports were considered a no-politics zone, other than energetic nationalism (e.g. I still remember how wildly we cheered at a high school game in 1980 at the news that we beat the Russians in hockey at the Olympics).
It was bad enough last year when players and the league decided to embrace divisive race politics without (apparently) even a single thought for the cities they implicitly where encouraging the destruction of. Or the fact they can damn half the country that politically disagrees without nary a peep about the evils being done by the Chinese Communist Party (in the lucrative Chinese market that they are expanding partnerships in).
I was still looking forward to my MLB.tv subscription allowing me to catch Red Sox games.
But, how can I do anything to support an organization that now has clearly chosen sides? That has chosen to knee-jerk react based on misinformation? That is perpetuating lies?
I haven’t deleted my MLB.tv account yet, partially ‘cause I really don’t want to, and with hopes that Major League Baseball will realize their mistake, apologize, and return the All-Star game to the great city fo Atlanta (where I worked two years on the Olympics).
But, they’ve boxed themselves in and, given they acquiesced so swiftly to the woke mob (was it even two days?), could you imagine how unlikely it is that they could stand the blow-back if they said, “We misunderstood, we judged and moved too quickly, and…”?
Goodbye MLB. I will truly miss you. You were a big part of my childhood (I still smile at listening to games with my friends as we hung out in our garbage bag tents) and my work life (I ran an operations team that supported ticketing for 13 MLB teams).
I have fond memories and still care for so many folks who are employed by you (directly or indirectly).
But truth, fair judgment, and this great nation of ours are much more important.
MLB, please prove me wrong and fix this. Be the adult in the corporate woke playground.
Goodbye Major League Baseball.
P.S. Some articles to consider (I may add more):
Hugh Hewitt is a very reasonable (and reasoned) person:
Georgia Public Radio cannot be considered right-wing. What do they say about the law?:
”Virtue signaling itself has become our national pastime”:
Is this why MLB picks sides in America (where it is safe to do so), but not China (protecting access to ¥¥¥)?:
Somehow, I can’t imagine it’s just MLB’s targets for punishment that are hurt by this:
Now that a new precedent has been set by our President:
If MLB really believed Georgians are now living under “Jim Crow on steroids,” why are they only canceling 1 of the 82 MLB games scheduled to be played in Georgia in 2021?
Why not cancel them all?
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) April 3, 2021
I’m not a Chris Christie fan, but:
Chris Christie calls out Joe Biden for “lying to the American people” about Georgia election billhttps://t.co/ZgaTkFIEbq pic.twitter.com/IzqBqUf03d
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 4, 2021
Kudos to Governor Kemp for not buckling under to extortion:
“Right now, it appears the only reason there was significant pressure on Major League Baseball but not these other sports organizations or other businesses is that ESPN’s Sage Steele asked President Biden about the MLB All-Star Game, and not the others.”:
Another “not a conservative”:
Texas is having none of it:
Major League Baseball then took a stand against sensible voting reforms in Georgia,...
Governor Abbott’s letter to the Rangers.Governor Abbott’s letter to the Rangers.
White House washes its hands of it:
- Please watch the video just below yourselves and decide what the President was supporting
- If Biden didn’t mean to support moving the All-Star Game, why didn’t he speak up as soon as people “misunderstood”?
Rubio makes a point:
Legal Insurrection weighs in:
So, rushing things wasn’t a good idea?:
SCOOP: @MLB sources say owners were blindsided at least by the timing of @RobManfred's decision to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta. Also said his decision came after speaking w @staceyabrams, which is odd since she has now said she's against the boycott. Story developing
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) April 7, 2021
Also hearing @MLB working on a possible "solution" to after criticism that moving the All Star game out of Atl will be devastating to minority businesses will address that as well now @FoxBusiness https://t.co/UhQBoVn4d7
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) April 7, 2021
Okay, this is funny: