During yesterday’s late afternoon game Red Sox game against the Miami Marlins in Fenway Park, some fans unfurled a huge “Trump won — Save America” banner over the centerfield wall during the fourth inning. The banner was confiscated and the fans ejected from the game. Some of the players and quite a few spectators were amused. Similar messages appeared on banners unfurled during Mets and Yankees games in recent weeks.
The Red Sox have long had a policy prohibiting large signs and banners in the park, though I have seen some appear without the park staff taking action. Political signs have always been taboo. In 2017, this sign…
was draped over the Green Monster in left field during a September game. The fans responsible then were treated exactly as yesterdays provocateurs were. In 2017, the Red Sox said,
The policy hasn’t changed, but the context has. Last season, the Red Sox’s ever-woke and Left-pandering ownership placed their own “Black Lives Matter” banners both inside and outside Fenway Park. It’s their baseball park, and they can hang whatever they choose there. But having broken the trust of fans who previously regarded major league baseball parks as politics-free zones, they “opened the door” as trial lawyers say. The Red Sox ownership asked for “Trump Won” signs, indeed created a precedent for them, by deciding to inject their personal partisan politics into sporting events.
Two wrongs don’t make a right, as my mother used to say (and I assume yours), and the banner yesterday was obnoxious, unethical, and, of course, stupid: Trump didn’t win. He may not have lost fairly, but he didn’t win: people, including Trump, have to stop saying that. But yesterday’s banner is no more offensive and inappropriate than “Black Lives Matter” banners, just offensive and inappropriate in different ways.