The sports world’s embrace of toxic social justice politics never ends, with last week being Major League Baseball’s turn to embarrass itself.
In the aftermath of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays used their Twitter accounts to focus on gun violence during their game on Thursday. The Yankees earned the mockery of Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) after they referred to Hispanics as “Latinx,” the made-up word used basically only by white liberals who have decided that the Spanish language must be altered for purposes of inclusion.
I represent the South Bronx, home to the Yankees. Never heard anyone locally use the term ‘Latinx.’— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) May 27, 2022
Does a majority of Hispanics actually use the term ‘Latinx’?
If the answer is ‘no’, how did ‘Latinx’ come to be the term to use in government and Corporate America? https://t.co/4EYR1ksywx
More notably, the Yankees tweeted that “about 4.5 million women in the US today report having been threatened with a gun by an intimate partner.”
This issue hits close to home for the Yankees: Closer Aroldis Chapman fired a gun “at least eight times” in his home during an argument with his girlfriend in 2015, when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees traded for him two months later and subsequently gave him a five-year, $86 million contract for the 2017 season. He currently pitches for the team on a fully guaranteed, three-year, $48 million extension.
The Uvalde shooting also led to some social justice buffoonery from San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Kapler declared that he would not participate in “self congratulatory glorification of the ONLY country where these mass shootings take place” and that he would not come out for the national anthem “until I feel better about the direction of the country.”
This bold stance lasted all of three days. Kapler reversed course for Memorial Day because the optics of protesting the country on the day dedicated to men and women who gave their lives for it would have been less than ideal. Kapler doesn’t even have enough of a spine to commit to his performative, anti-American “protest,” which no one would have even known about if he hadn't told everyone about the big, bold stance he was taking.
Then, there was the most troubling social justice pandering, courtesy of the Detroit Tigers. According to Nate Hochman at National Review, the Tigers will be celebrating “Pride Night” on Wednesday, and they are allowing fans to contribute to gay and transgender groups when purchasing tickets for the game. Among the groups that the Tigers are financially promoting are groups that provide irreversible gender transition surgeries for children too young to consent.
Teams and athletes pretending to be political experts expose their own brazen hypocrisy at best or support damaging fringe policies at worst. Major League Baseball managed to cover the entire spectrum in the span of one week. Given the fawning media praise for such stupidities, nobody in the league is likely to walk away from their uneducated political advocacy anytime soon.