In the days since Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game from Atlanta due to onerous voting regulations passed by state lawmakers and signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, the league and others supporting the reinstallation of the game have faced a cross-platform shootout. reviews that could be alarming, if they weren’t so funny.
From the halls of Congress to the desperate cries of the feverish warriors from the foaming keyboard of their Facebook feeds, the vocal minority shouted in unison:
This Major League Baseball is now an ultra-liberal, community-loving cabal.
That he capitulated to “revival”, a term already appropriate and mutilated in disfigurement from its original meaning.
That they’ll never pitch a first pitch again or attend a game again, as long as … as long as … Augusta National member Rob Manfred is still in charge of the league.
The arguments are thin, the attacks barely grounded in reality, and they are particularly absurd to anyone who has spent a few minutes around the game.
Just who, exactly, is this crowd awakened in “The MLB?”
Is it the players, whose clubhouse tables are often filled with copies of Guns & Ammo and Field & Stream, and whose less than overwhelming acceptance of a vaccine that could preserve their season suggests a ideological leaning away from the left?
Is it the executives, many of whom run their teams with bloodless efficiency, who are making the Wal-Mart empire blush?
Is it the owners, whose political contributions – even the most dashing of politicians – hide in plain sight and give a good indication of their direction?
No, baseball is still very conservative. And it’s clear that their more rigorous adoption of social justice initiatives over the past year is not only on the good side of history, but also, quite simply, good business.
Consider the “corporate champions” who stand with the MLB in its rebuke of Georgia’s voting laws: Delta, Coca-Cola, American Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup.
Not exactly Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia.
As the corporate “crowd” grows in voicing their disapproval, it becomes easier to understand how Manfred’s startling decision at the time to move the game out of Georgia was executed quickly and unilaterally.
So the game found a new home in Denver, and the league braced for the outrage unleashed from the Right, and now, nearly a week away, it’s clear the backlash is nothing but the MLB can’t handle it.
The national GOP? Reduced largely to Red-Baiting 101 and a stupid confusion between buying tickets and voting rights, even as defections in its ranks increase.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? He issued a “warning to American businesses to stay out of politics,” but immediately begged them to keep giving him money, you know.
The unofficial media arm of the right?
A Fox News request to White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday saying the voting rules in Colorado, the new All-Star Game site, were similar to those in Georgia, was ready. less than 60 seconds. You could call it Psaki “dunking” on Fox News, but it was too easy.
See where this is going?
The fury will subside and any notion of the game that ever existed in Atlanta could drown in a chorus of oohs and ahhs from a Derby Home Run held at Coors Field, a mile high.
Baseball survived for half a century when it first excluded black players from the game, then faced backfire, boycotts and threats when it dared to allow Jackie Robinson to play. . He survived the national anthem of Jose Feliciano, a no-hitter launched under the influence of hallucinogens and the designated hitter.
A cultural war that is poorly defined and increasingly fringed?
It’s a fight the MLB knew it could and will win.