MLB, Woke Inc. – Opinion

MLB showed us which side of the waking it was when it pulled off the All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia, 2021. Commissioner Rob Manfred sided with the voter “suppression” lie when he moved the game to a state with similar or narrower windows for early voting.

Facts didn’t matter. Perception of “racist intent” was all he needed. This month, Rob Manfred took a 99- MPH heater to his melon when Georgia’s voter turnout hit records for early voting.

The Trevor Bauer matter was another Manfred’s decisions based on woke “perception” — with the intent of appeasing the left, rather that adjudicating a case based on facts. Manfred handed out the harshest domestic abuse punishment in MLB history, effectively ending Bauer’s career, when Manfred accepted the testimony of Bauer accusers and disbelieved Bauer entirely. Bauer appeals.

Now, MLB and its dolt for a commissioner has reached peak woke when he suspended New York Yankee Josh Donaldson for ribbing the White Sox’s Tim Anderson. Donaldson called Anderson “Jackie.”

Why did Donaldson call Anderson “Jackie”? Simple. In 2019, Anderson referred to himself as “Jackie Robinson.” In an interview with Sports Illustrated in May 2019, Anderson said:

“I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson,” he says. “That’s huge to say. But it’s cool, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point to where I need to change the game.”

Anderson was likening himself to Jackie Robinson for breaking a fictional ‘fun” barrier. Anderson rose to the status of an icon. No else did that – Anderson did, all by himself.

Think about what it would look like if a person with less than 4 years experience in a profession had an icon representing their chosen profession.

Imagine if AOC had called herself the “Abe Lincoln” of the American politics. This would be mockery without end. AOC would be called “Abe” or Abe Ocasio-Cortez for the rest of her life.

Anderson called himself Jackie Robinson. Donaldson simply mocked him for it, but it’s Donaldson paying the price for Anderson’s self-aggrandizement.

After Donaldson called Anderson “Jackie,” Anderson started a fight, and both benches cleared. Anderson was favored by the White Sox. Anderson called Donaldson’s joke “disrespectful” in post-game word-salad. Anderson stated:

“He just made a disrespectful comment,” Anderson told reporters, per ESPN. “Basically he was trying to call me Jackie Robinson. ‘What’s up, Jackie?’ I don’t play like that. I don’t really play at all. I wasn’t really going to bother nobody today, but he made the comment and you know it was disrespectful and I don’t think it was called for. It was unnecessary.”

White Sox players called Donaldson racist because he used a label Anderson created for him. It seems only the Yankees’ manager has defended Donaldson, calling the suspension uncalled-for. It was, likely. Anderson was the one who started this fight. Donaldson was not at fault, Anderson.

A statement was quickly issued by the league

It is not disputable what was said in the field. Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespectful and in poor judgment, particularly when viewed in the context of their prior interactions. In addition, Mr. Donaldson’s remark was a contributing factor in a bench-clearing incident between the teams, and warrants discipline.

“Contributing factor”? Donaldson stood by himself. Donaldson wasn’t responsible for clearing the benches and starting a fight, it was Anderson. Only Donaldson was expelled. And note that “intent” means nothing to the league. Anderson felt offended by someone making fun of him for his self-aggrandizement.

Donaldson was sorry. This was, quite frankly, a mistake. Anderson, and not Donaldson should have been suspended; however that would take critical thinking from Anderson and reflection by the league office. Anderson would have to confess that he made the error of calling himself an “Icon” when he only had four years’ MLB experience. Instead of accepting that elevating himself to iconic status might get mocked, Anderson and the commissioner’s office took the lazy route and suspended Donaldson.

MLB is completely invested in awakening now. FACTS mean very little. Because Anderson is black, he is by default  the aggrieved party – notwithstanding that he makes millions, and that he, and he alone, labeled himself “Jackie Robinson.”

MLB is a joke.

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