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The Associated Press / Workers load an All-Star sign onto a trailer after it was removed from Truist Park in Atlanta earlier this week after Major League Baseball removed the game from the city after misinterpreting the state's new voter laws.

It was a beautiful spring day in Atlanta. Kids were bobbing for murder weapons in the lake at Piedmont Park. Atlanta's new tourism slogan: "Come for the strip joints; stay to fill out the police reports."

Suddenly, the news hit. Because of whimpering leftist comments by the leadership of Delta Air Lines and the new "woke" Coke about Georgia requiring citizens to show a valid ID to vote, Major League Baseball pulled the All-Star Game from Georgia.

You have to show an ID to enter Delta and Coke headquarters buildings and shareholder meetings. You have to show an ID at the will-call window to get your baseball ticket. But they think they know what is better for Georgia than the state's elected representatives do. Delta needs to spend less time trying to overturn the sensible voting laws of elected representatives and more time not losing my luggage.

You will remember that the new "woke" Coca-Cola, run now by sharp-elbowed, cowardly, corporate weasels, recently instructed employees to be less white. Coke now differs from Pepsi, whose spokesman, Michael Jackson, slowly turned white over time.

Instead of Atlanta, the All-Star Game will be moved to Coors Field in Denver. Coors is the light beer we always used to want in college because we couldn't get it. Now it is considered a weak, low-end beer no one wants. It is the official beer of child custody hearings.

So what happened? Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner who makes $20 million a year, decided to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta with its African-American majority to Denver (about 10% Black) over a wrongful interpretation of voter law changes. So the revenues from all the parking, vending, hotels, etc., surrounding such a game will go from helping minorities to helping whitey stoners in the Mile High City.

Baseball, which already has issues with being boring, hot and excruciatingly long, really does not need to alienate any more fans. The commissioner needs to keep his nose out of state politics and try to make his game move faster. In my opinion, a Major League Baseball game should never last longer than a five-part Ken Burns documentary about baseball.

Manfred got a fantastic letter from Sen. Marco Rubio asking him to resign his membership in Georgia's Augusta National since he is so mad at Georgia. The liberal woke lesson here is that it's always easier to be noble at someone else's expense.

During the fashionable worry about voting rights in Georgia, Manfred is trying to expand baseball in the corrupt countries of China and Mexico — both with stellar voting and human rights records. MLB has held games in Mexico to expand the sport. Patrons in Mexico did not enter through the gates; they were asked, out of habit, to enter by climbing over the outfield fence, where they were met with food, housing, and in-person teacher union education.

Most of us watch sports to escape politics and enjoy ourselves for a few hours, so bringing in politics makes little sense. Maybe Major League Baseball is in cahoots with Washington to distract the citizenry from our lawmakers' own doings, much like the "bread and circuses" of ancient Rome. Sports divert attention and placate the masses.

The voter laws in Georgia are not "Jim Crow," as the media have been instructed to call them and which they parrot incessantly. They evolved over time. There are always tweaks in legislation, and laws change slowly and painstakingly over time with nothing much happening. Just like baseball.

Contact Ron Hart, a syndicated op-ed satirist, author and TV/radio commentator, at Ron@RonaldHart.com or on Twitter @RonaldHart.

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