Major League Baseball has become so boring that even those in the game can barely watch it.
With pitchers throwing no-hitters at a record clip, an ever-increasing number of batters striking out, the only hits seeming to be home runs, and those endless pitching changes, fans aren’t the only ones turned off.
“Now we’re at a point where it’s getting so much attention because it’s just a game that sometimes is unwatchable,” Don Mattingly, the Miami Marlins manager, and a former New York Yankees star said in a recent interview. “Guys you talk to, they don’t even like watching games because there’s nothing that goes on in them.”
Yes, but at least one MLB team has “pride.”
The NBC affiliate in Chicago reported earlier this week that the San Francisco Giants – who else? – “will become the first MLB team to incorporate Pride Month colors for their on-field hats and jerseys to honor the LGBTQ+ community.”
“The Giants’ home jersey will feature a SF patch on the right sleeve that features the 11 colors of the new Pride logo,” the report continued. “Their hats will have the same 11 colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, brown, light blue, pink and white – inside their SF logo.”
Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement, “We are extremely proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community as we kick off one of the best annual celebrations in San Francisco by paying honor to the countless achievements and contributions of all those who identify as LGBTQ+ and are allies of the LGBTQ+ community.”
The Giants will wear their colorful duds on Saturday in a game against the Chicago Cubs.
But there’s more.
Per NBC in Chicago, “The Willie Mays Plaza palm trees will be wrapped in the 11 colors of the Pride Flag, and Oracle Park’s scoreboard will show Pride colors throughout June. The Giants also will host Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park on June 11 and June 12.”
According to Baseball-Reference, using pre-pandemic data, the MLB’s per-game attendance dropped each year between 2017 and 2019, and the 2019 figure was the lowest since 2003. Last year’s World Series drew a TV audience that was 32 percent lower than the previous record low.
And despite this, MLB builds on the boredom by plunging headfirst into the dreariest, most soul-numbing thing of all: left-wing politics – to include, green-lighting kneeling for the National Anthem to placate Black Lives Matter, moving this year’s All-Star Game to protest Georgia’s new voting law and now promoting Pride Month.
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