Officials in Cobb County, Georgia weighed-in this week on MLB’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game out of the Peach State; saying the move will likely cost local businesses upwards of $100 million.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 5, 2021
“In the initial stages of the pandemic, many Cobb hotels saw single digit occupancy numbers,” said the CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism. “The 8,000-plus contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Game relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb’s hospitality industry and other local businesses, further delaying recovery.”
“We are proud of the work that many community partners have dedicated to planning the All Star Game activities. And we will continue, as we always do, to show who we are in Cobb through our outreach, customer service and hard work,” she added.
Former President Donald Trump called for a nationwide boycott of MLB and other “woke” companies who are trying to “interfere with free and fair elections.”
Governor Brian Kemp called-out critics and “woke” businesses over the weekend for leading a nationwide effort to boycott the Peach State’s latest Voting Security Bill; saying he will not apologize for “making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
“I let the legislators speak for themselves, but I know for myself and our team, I realize that people have all kinds of different opinions and beliefs about the 2020 election. There were issues that happened,” said Governor Kemp.
“There were issues that needed to be fixed. There are reasons to try and figure out a better way for us to hold elections. There’s nothing wrong with that. We shouldn’t apologize for wanting to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” he added.
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FLASHBACK 1976: MLB Star Stops Protesters from Burning US Flag During Game, Gets Standing Ovation
In 1976, two protesters rushed the field to burn an American flag in the middle of a baseball game. MLB star Rick Monday rushed the demonstrators to rescue the Stars and Stripes before it could be destroyed.
Watch the incredible footage below.
‘Black Lives Matter’ will be a part of Major League Baseball’s opening weekend, with the New York Post reporting the slogan will be “stenciled” on the pitcher’s mound for all opening day games.
“With the Yankees and Nationals opening the season in Washington, there will be a Black Lives Matter/MLB stencil on the pitcher’s mound during opening weekend games throughout the league,” reports the New York Post.
The move is mean to “express support for the fight against systemic racism and injustice,” the Nationals said in a statement.
“Obviously, that’s a manifestation of where our country currently is,’’ Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said on a Zoom call. “Our country is in many ways the greatest country in the world. In some ways, it’s broken in certain aspects where we’re not all together and not all as one. Because of that, you’re seeing demonstrations like kneeling at the anthem as part of that process. Part of our community is hurting when it shouldn’t be. It’s been ignored for such a long period of time. The great part of America is there are different ways to express yourself and different platforms to utilize how you express yourself. In some cases, it’s kneeling during the anthem. … I support the ability to protest in the way they see fit, as long as it’s in a legal and healthy way. I think there’s nothing more American than being able to express your beliefs and do it in a safe way.”
Read the full report at the New York Post.
PLAY BALL? All Yankees, Nationals Players Kneel Before Anthem During MLB Opening Game
All players on the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals baseball teams kneeled before the US National Anthem during Major League Baseball’s opening day game Thursday night; joining the NFL and NBA in demanding “social justice” in America.
“Players from both teams kneel together in unity before tonight’s National Anthem,” posted the Yankees’ official Twitter account.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 23, 2020
Watch the moment above.