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I Like the Unifying Qualities of Baseball; Politicians Are Screwing It Up

Americans have a history of seeking revenge after a political defeat. It’s in the country’s DNA, even before it was officially free of the crown. 

That’s why the decision of Major League Baseball to move its 2021 All-Star game out of Georgia doesn’t come as a surprise. With conservatives creating new rules for voting that some perceive as targeting minorities, MLB decided to move the game to Colorado.

Even the voting law changes were in response to the 2020 Presidential election, as were the events of January 6 in Washington, DC.

For me, baseball is a great unifier. When you’re on the field, you’re a teammate. You are someone that young players look up to because they want to be you one day. It is still America’s pastime because of this trait.

Why can’t the politicians see this fact?

Politicians Want Their Cake and a Chance to Eat It

When Mitch McConnell heard that MLB and other businesses were boycotting Georgia because of their voting laws, he said that “corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”

Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines offered scolding statements to the state’s politicians that reflected their beliefs about the new voting laws.

Then McConnell’s words from the past came back to haunt him when he’d previously encouraged businesses to get into politics. In less than 24 hours, he walked back the comments by saying that his primary complaint was that the companies hadn’t read the voting rights bill.

Here’s the problem with all of the Mitch McConnells in the world, both liberal and conservative: you have no consistency. If you try to support both arguments to appease everyone, you’ll become a hypocrite.

Baseball stood up for what it thought was right. You can agree or disagree with their actions. I love how the game unifies us. We should look there instead of to our politicians if we want to unite.