The Atlanta Braves didn’t mince words in their response to Major League Baseball’s decision to move the 2021 MLB All-Star game out of Atlanta.
To say Friday was a wild day of emotions for the Atlanta Braves and their fans would be an understatement.
I had to step away from Twitter for a little while, which I usually do on the weekends anyway, just because of the volatility after MLB decided to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta because of a new law in Georiga that allegedly makes it more difficult for people to vote.
We won’t get into the specifics of that law here and if it’s right or wrong because honestly I haven’t read the 98-page report on it, and I’m guessing most of the people commenting on Twitter haven’t either.
And that’s my biggest problem with this, people are making judgments and decisions mostly by believing what either CNN or Fox News is telling them, or whatever bullet points they see in the New York Times.
But that’s another topic for a different media.
However, I applaud the Atlanta Braves for their response to MLB.
And I wasn’t even going to comment on this at all as I thought it was too political for FanSided, but after seeing an article on Call to the Pen bashing the Braves’ response, I thought it only fair to share the other viewpoint.
Canceling this game does nothing to solve the alleged problem at hand, it only does more harm in driving a wedge between the fanbase and those on each side of the argument.
What MLB could have done is kept the game in Atlanta and used the platform there to try and push their agenda across and bring an actual conversation to the issue instead and driving a bigger wedge between the two sides.
All canceling this game does is make the situation for volatile.
And from the Braves standpoint, they have nothing to do with this law — whether you believe it’s wrong or right — and yet they are the ones being punished in all this.
Think about all of the preparations that were already being made, the amount of revenue the city was expecting, and the number of jobs it was going to bring to the community.
Now all of that is gone because of an irrational decision created by societal pressure.
This is a terrible decision by MLB and I’m glad the Braves stood up for themselves and announced that they don’t support the decision. In my view, this move just further makes Rob Manfred and MLB seem like cowards.
I mean, are teams going to boycott coming to play games in Atlanta now? What kind of precedent does this set?
There are certain fanbases who are known to shout racial slurs at players throughout the game — do we boycott going to those stadiums?
You have players who have sexually assaulted women who get a slap on the wrist and are allowed to play baseball.
MLB wants to try and play morality police and they have no clue what morality even looks like. In the end, they only care about how much money they’re taking in and pleasing the loud majority.
My only hope now is that they’ll at least agree to let the Braves host the All-Star game in the next five years. But even then, the damage has been done and it’s a terrible, ugly road for MLB to travel down.