This is a myopic viewpoint I will admit. And a viewpoint that might be strongly criticized in some circles. And that I accept… it certainly won’t be the first time. But this reporter is more than just a bit disturbed by Major League Baseball’s decision to yank the mid-summer All Star Game from the city of Atlanta because of a recent legislative decision regarding voters’ rights in Georgia.
From a personal standpoint, I don’t give a blast where the All Star classic is staged just as long as the annual seasonal rite is contested. It wasn’t last year because of the pandemic. But to remove Atlanta’s role as host city for reasons solely based on a political issue is NOT the primary focal point of Major League Baseball, in my opinion.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” is the seemingly pious but somewhat counter intuitive statement by the Commissioner of MLB, Rob Manfred, himself the creator of several exceedingly odd decisions altering the nature of and the playing of this game many of us cherish.
I, and others, have absolutely no issue with the doctrine of rights for all. After all, the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the voting rights for ALL and there are some of us who swore an oath to defend the constitution when we joined the Armed Forces of the United States.
However, will the decision to remove the baseball classic from Atlanta call attention to the controversy in the Peach State? Probably, but quite likely, in a negative manner as well.
Many of the national sports journalists have penned stories in favor of the decision and decried the political stances being taken by some state legislators. But this lonely voice in the Ozarks wilderness respectively refutes those opinions, not the challenging of the issues, but the manner being espoused by the so called authorities in which public division results at a time when we all desperately crave unity.
There are a myriad of other methods for expressing disenchantment with the controversial decisions, methods which will effectively allow those in disagreement to have their collective voices resonate across the land.
But, in my opinion, disrupting a sports event and “punishing” a city which would have received an economic boost in a host’s role, is hardly a positive and reassuring balm to an already fragmented society.