Major League Baseball is doing everything in its power to show Republicans it does not care at all if they watch professional baseball.
After pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta over a Georgia election integrity law in line with the majority of U.S. states and most nations around the world, MLB is awarding the game to… drum roll please… the blue state of Colorado.
DENVER (AP) — AP source: MLB to relocate All-Star Game to Denver's Coors Field after pulling it from Atlanta over Georgia voting laws.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) April 6, 2021
Colorado is currently presided over by Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat. The state is one of the few blue states to have started the process of rolling back COVID regulations, although Coors Stadium continues to have stringent guidelines for fan attendance.
“For the first time in 550 days, fans will be welcomed back at Coors Field to cheer on the Rockies during Thursday’s home opener,” the Rockies announced. “Given new safety guidelines and protocols put in place at Coors Field to help protect fans from COVID, health officials feel optimistic about the decision to allow a reduced sized crowd within the stadium.”
Here is the clincher though: Colorado has voter ID to vote in person, requires signature verification for mail-in ballots (unlike Georgia, which requires last four of Social Security number or driver’s license number), and a similar ban on food and water being given away by electioneers that Georgia has.
So, Major League Baseball is not only being run by a commissioner who is hypocritical, but he is also amazingly stupid.
Meanwhile, Texas wowed America on Monday by holding a 100% packed baseball game with full attendance. There was no realistic chance that MLB would move its All-Star Game to a red state like the Lone Star State.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 5, 2021
The All-Star Game being pulled from the Braves will cost Cobb County, where the stadium is hosted, and the surrounding areas an estimated $100 million in tourist revenue. Over 200 companies CEOs have joined with Major League Baseball in opposing election integrity laws like Georgia’s and Texas’s.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the league’s decision to pull the game from Atlanta last week in a statement.
“In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States,” the statement continued. “We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access in voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
The Democratic Party and the mainstream news media have pushed numerous myths about the new Georgia election integrity law.
Multiple academic studies show that voter ID does not suppress registration or turnout; voter IDs are free to those who qualify and more than 98% of adult Georgians already have them; water is allowed in voter lines (but food and water cannot be given out by electioneers, like in most states); the law expands access to voting for most residents; and 35 states already have some form of voter ID laws.
On Friday, Donald Trump issued a blistering statement calling on Americans to boycott “woke companies” that are interfering with our system of representative government and seeking to compromise free and fair elections.
“Baseball is already losing a tremendous number of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections.”
“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections,” Trump added. “Are you listening, Coke, Delta, and all!”
Senator Cruz also blasted Major League Baseball and asked if the league hates all Trump voters.
“These are MLB’s corporate sponsors, who pressured to pull the All Star game out of Atlanta,” Senator Cruz wrote on Twitter. “Do all of them oppose voter ID? Are all of them willing to be the woke enforcers of the corrupt Democratic Party? And do all hate the 75m who voted for Trump?”
Senator Marco Rubio also sent a letter to Manfred on Monday, questioning him for apparent hypocrisy in canceling the All-Star Game in Georgia, while maintaining his membership to a golf club in the state.
“Dear Commissioner Manfred,” Rubio wrote, “I write to ask you whether you intend to maintain your membership at Augusta National Golf Club. As you are well aware, the exclusive members-only club is located in the State of Georgia.”
It appears that Major League Baseball doesn’t care about appearances that the entire league is a vehicle for the Democratic Party to push its political agenda. It doesn’t care about Republican fans’ point-of-view and it doesn’t care if its statements are misleading and false.
The only thing fans can do is take Major League Baseball’s disrespectful and anti-democratic hint and act accordingly.
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