Here I am, trying to be loyal, understanding, broad-minded and forgiving, and baseball kicks me in the metaphorical snarglies on Day #1 of the Red Sox season. The Sox managed to lose yesterday to the pathetic Orioles in perhaps the most boring Opening Day I have ever watched, getting just two hits off of an assortment of bargain basement pitchers, scoring no runs, allowing only 4,000 fans into Fenway, and giving up the deciding run because its new free agent hot-shot fielder botched a sure double-play ball at second base—but I’m not even talking about that.
Let’s see just how stupid Major League Baseball is. Democrats want MLB to remove the All-Star Game from Atlanta because Georgia passed a voting regulations bill that the party is lying about. If the sport allows itself to be used this way—I’m sure many players will boycott the game without having a clue about the law—many of them look for ways to opt out of it anyway—there will be no end to such manipulation., and baseball, of all sports, cannot effort to be seen as partisan. I’ll write a full post on this mess later.
This is that post. Indeed MLB did capitulate to Democrats and pull the game, though I am not certain that “stupid” was the correct word. The right words are “cowardly,” “cynical,” and “being a weenie.” Also greedy. And completely predictable.
The move isn’t exactly stupid because it involves money and avoiding a looming crisis for owners. Baseball hasn’t had a work stoppage in decades, and to have one next year would be disastrous. They all were disastrous, but the next one will be worse. It is time for a new basic agreement between the players’ union and the owners, and the list of contentious issues has accumulated during the deceptive peace. The head of the union is Tony Clark, a former player, something of a militant, and an African-American. Indeed, African-Americans have a disproportionate influence in the union, though baseball has the lowest proportion of black players of the major team sports if you don’t count hockey, and I don’t.
When Commissioner Rob Manfred, the latest in a series of inept and bumbling dead-souled executives in that position, announced that MLB would pull its All-Star game–the so-called “Summer Classic”—from Atlanta, he began by talking about how MLB had been in discussions with players and the union about the matter. That’s all you need to know. The owners threw the Atlanta Braves and the city’s baseball fans under the bus because the overwhelmingly woke union leaders demanded virtue-signaling in support of the dishonest progressive campaign to declare the recently passed Georgia election reforms “racist.” It has nothing to do with baseball making a principled stand against, in President Biden’s inexcusable lie, “Jim Crow on steroids.” It has nothing to do with voting, or race, or principles of any kind.
With the union demanding fealty to the Left and capitulation to anti-democratic propaganda, Manfred and the owners had to choose between a mass boycott of the game by players that would over-shadow the game itself after a season when there was no All-Star Game at all, a resulting escalation in hostility between the players’ union and the owners as dangerous negotiations were looming, and being called racists by the President, unscrupulous race-hucksters and lying pundits, or, in the alternative, just moving the game out of Georgia while pretending it was “the right thing to do.”
If you’re a weenie, or an American business in 2021 (but I repeat myself) without concern for values, truth, democracy or anything but profit (and now I’m being redundant), there is no other choice. Facts Don’t Matter. The public doesn’t matter. Democracy doesn’t matter. Letting Big Lies work doesn’t matter. The bottom line matters.
I couldn’t care less where the All-Star game is played, and neither do most baseball fans. Most baseball fans don’t even care much about the game itself any more. Once, the All-Star Game was a chance to see the two leagues, which were separate, test which had the better players. Ever since interleague play was added to the schedule, this point of interest has been lost. Once, players approached the game as a matter of pride and they played to win, most infamously when Pete Rose scored a winning run by flattening American League catcher Ray Fosse. Now they seldom even slide hard or dive for balls: the main motivation is not to get hurt. The original All-Star game was designed to add money to the players’ pension fund. Now, all the players are all millionaires, with the best pension plan in the world. Managers don’t manage the game to win either: their main objective is to make sure everyone on the rosters gets into the game, which makes the whole exhibition feel like a particularly long parade.
The All-Star game is a relic that only serves to remind older fans what has been lost over the years. It should be euthanized.
And non-baseball fans, which is the majority of the public? Baseball pulling the game from Atlanta has more news interest to them than the game itself, which has none. They think it proves that MLB rejects white supremacy and supports “Black Lives Matter.” They think this because it hasn’t yet sunk in the President Biden is lying about the Georgia law, and because they don’t possess the initiative and civic responsibility to read it. Here’s Biden:
- “What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at 5 o’clock when working people are just getting off work.” (March 25)
- “Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over.” (March 26)
- “You are going to close a polling place at 5 o’clock when working people just get off. This is all about keeping working folks and ordinary folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.” (March 31)
All a lie, the same lie, and a lie that has been pointed out repeatedly. Then on baseball’s Opening Day, Biden’s paid liar Jen Pataki again repeated that the law “standardizes the ending of voting every day at 5, right?”
What MLB should have done, if it cared about such small matters as integrity, abuse of power, abuse of influence, and the right of the public to decide their own states’ policies within the law, was to affirm that baseball has no business attempting to influence public policy whatsoever, in Georgia or anywhere else, and would not be threatened, pressured or bullied into doing so. These are, however weak and venal people who would literally consign their nation and their fans to Hell if they thought there was sufficient profit in it. That has pretty much been a constant in this professional sport and the rest of them as well.
For those who know this, the decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game should be seen as little more than the Julie Principle in action. “Fish gotta swim and birds ‘gotta fly,” and professional sports teams will go wherever the money is, as they always have and always will. It’s worth finding contemptible, but since it is also inevitable, it is not worth getting too upset about it.
Oh…had you read about this? The Red Sox, my team, recently added NBA god Lebron James, race-baiter and loud-mouth supreme, to its ownership group.