In a story that we've talked about quite a bit on this website, Major League Baseball announced on Friday that they would be moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia's newly enacted election integrity law:
You'll notice that, in his statement, MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, states that "Fair access to voting continues to have our game's unwavering support", yet does not cite any particular provision of the Georgia law that, you know, prevents fair access to voting.
Anyways, I digress. Fast forward to last evening and Major League Baseball announced it was moving the All-Star Game to . . . Denver, Colorado!
Finally, we are going to REWARD THE GOOD GUYS!
Colorado, a blue state, must have laws that are SUBSTANTIALLY more progressive than Jim Crow Georgia, right?
Oh . . . Colorado has Voter ID laws too. . hmph.
Well I BET they allow people to hand out water to people LITERALLY dying of dehydration while waiting in line to vote, right?
Oh, that sounds pretty similar to the Georgia law, actually. . . the only difference seems to be that, in Colorado, you can hand out snacks so long as you're not wearing official campaign gear. . . you know, like a pretty normal electioneering law that exists in basically everywhere.
Well, I'm sure that Denver must be a very multi-racial, diverse, city in comparison to Atlanta, right?
Oh, really? Denver is pretty f*cking white!
Well maybe, maybe, maybe, Denver has some connection to the Hank Aaron - the African American, Hall of Fame Outfielder, who broke Babe Ruth's career homerun record and passed away in January of this year?
Oh, right. . . Hank Aaron played for the Milwaukee turned ATLANTA BRAVES and never played a single game in Denver!
So let's recap what happened here:
Georgia passes an election integrity law.
MLB doesn't take any position on the law before it is passed.
Stacy Abrams, Joe Biden start calling the law "Jim Crow 2.0"
Media starts pushing this narrative, without any proof or discussing what's in the bill.
MLB starts getting pressure from online activists.
MLB decides to move the game from Atlanta, one of the blackest MLB cities in America and where Hank Aaron played 10 seasons, to Denver - one of, if not THE whitest MLB city in America* - a place that has similar (albeit somewhat less stringent) voter integrity laws.
*I did a quick search on census,gov and I think Denver might actually be the whitest MLB city in America.
Oh, and by the way, the Georgia law at issue in this whole saga - has +6 support, nationwide:
Outstanding work, Commissioner Manfred, you couldn't have f*cked this up harder if you tried. All you had to do is say "Major League Baseball supports it's fans in Atlanta and the game will remain in Atlanta" and this whole thing blows over in a few days.
Instead, Manfred capitulates to the mob, robs small businesses in Atlanta (probably many of them African-American owned) of millions of dollars and totally pisses off a good chunk of its fanbase.
I know for me, personally, I will actively avoid watching baseball for the foreseeable future and will encourage those around me to do the same.
F*ck these people.
I'm going to leave you with this, a video of Hank Aaron, on April 8, 1974, stepping up to the plate in ATLANTA, GEORGIA, hitting his 715th Homerun, surpassing Babe Ruth - a white baseball player and icon - then rounding the bases as his teammates - men of all different races and backgrounds, wait for him at home plate, ready to embrace him as a stadium of mostly white fans scream their heads off.
You know, Jim Crow stuff.
"What a marvelous moment for baseball. What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a marvelous moment for the country and the world, A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol."
- Vin Scully, April 8, 1974
Happy Tuesday and God Bless America.