[Marxism] Baseball Players Pledge to Boycott Arizona All Star Game

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 22:19:35 MDT 2010

> http://www.thenation.com/blog/37364/all-star-speak-out-baseball-players-pledge-boycott-arizona-all-star-game All-Star
> Speak Out: Baseball Players Pledge to Boycott Arizona All Star Game
> by Dave Zirin | July 12, 2010
>       If Major League Baseball’s 2011 All-Star Game is held as planned in
> the anti-immigrant “meth lab of democracy” otherwise known as Arizona,
> players are letting it be known that the show will go on without them. On
> Monday's media day for this week's 2010 game in Anaheim,<http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/baseball/mlb/07/12/gallardo.allstar.ap/>
> [1] several Latino All-Stars were asked for their thoughts about next
> year’s game taking place in a state being monitored by the justice
> department for racial profiling.
>      ''If the game is in Arizona, I will totally boycott," said Milwaukee
> Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Tampa Bay reliever Joakim Suria and Detroit
> Tigers pitcher Jose Valverde seconded that emotion. ''They could stop me and
> ask to see my papers. I have to stand with my Latin community on this,” said
> Suria.
>      The three have now joined<http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5372305>San Diego Padres all-star Adrian Gonzalez, and his teammates Yorvit
> Torrealba, and Heath Bell along with Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie
> Guillen in stating that they would stay away from Arizona next summer.
>      Other even more prominent players didn’t call for a boycott, but they
> made their feelings exceedingly clear. Major League home run leader, Toronto
> Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista said,  ''Hopefully, there are some
> changes in the law before [next year]. We have to back up our Latin
> communities.''
> The biggest star in the game, Albert Pujols, came out in direct opposition<http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2010/07/california-groups-pressure-bud-selig-to-move-2011-all-star-game/1>to his Arizona-law-loving manager Tony LaRussa, saying, "I'm opposed to it.
> How are you going to tell me that, me being Hispanic, if you stop me and I
> don't have my ID, you're going to arrest me? That can't be.''
>      A spokesperson for the Baseball Players Association also made news by
> saying they would fully back any player who chose to boycott the 2011 game.
>     * [As a side-note, Alex Rodriguez – Major League Baseball’s answer to
> Lebron James in too many ways to name – was also asked about Arizona’s laws
> but just said, ''Wrong guy,” and then pointed to other players in the locker
> room. Rodriguez then proceeded to drown after attempting to make love to his
> own reflection in a nearby duck pond.]*
>       This flurry of commentary in this most staid of sports threatens to
> overshadow Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic and spotlight the political and moral
> impotence of Major League commissioner Bud Selig. Selig refused to comment
> on the issue today and his one statement all season on the issue managed
> to be both puzzling and inane<http://edgeofsports.com/2010-05-25-537/index.html>.
> (After much analysis, it was determined that Selig wants the game to stay in
> Arizona.) Selig's constant crutch of no-comments may be coming to an abrupt
> end.
>     The sports media wasn’t asking about immigration out of concern for the
> 28% of Major Leaguers born outside the United States. They were probing the
> actual political thoughts of players because of a very real, growing
> movement of civil rights and grass roots organizations calling on MLB to
> move the game.
>      On Monday morning, the organization movethegame.org <http://movethegame.org/> held
> a press conference where they showcased more than 100,000 names who had
> signed their petition calling on Major League Baseball to act. A protest has
> also been called for Tuesday at 3pm right at Angel Stadium, on all American
> Gene Autry Way in Anaheim.
>       As Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil
> and Human Rights and Janet Murguia is president of the National Council of
> La Raza wrote in an oped on Alternet<http://www.alternet.org/immigration/147508/baseball_should_move_the_2011_all-star_game_out_of_az?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet>,
> *“Unless the league acts, next year our favorite all-stars could enter a
> hostile environment, and the families, friends and fans of a third of the
> players could be treated as second-class citizens because of their skin
> color or the way they speak…. We are not asking Selig to weigh in on
> immigration policy; we are asking him to take a stand against bigotry and
> intolerance. Despite being petitioned by numerous members of Congress and
> civil rights, labor and social justice groups, Selig has not adequately
> addressed the issue.” *
>      He certainly has not. But if civil rights activists keep up the
> pressure on the outside and players keep speaking out on the inside, Selig
> will have no choice but to make perfectly clear where he stands on the most
> basic civil rights of his own players. If the NFL could move the Super Bowl
> from Arizona two decades ago because they wouldn’t acknowledge Martin Luther
> King’s birthday; if the NCAA can keep post-season tournaments out of states
> that still fly the confederate flag; then Bud Selig can wipe that hang-dog
> look off his face, straighten his back, and do the right thing.  If not for
> the people, he can do it for Pujols.

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