The mainstream media was up in arms that Washington Nationals player Kurt Suzuki donned a Make American Great Again hat at the White House while being hugged by President Donald Trump during a gathering celebrating Nationals’ World Series victory.
“If he wore a swastika hat, he’d get banned from baseball — and a MAGA hat is no different,” wrote blogger Bill Palmer in his Palmer Report account in a since-deleted tweet.
Palmer’s swastika comment is particularly inaccurate given that Nazi is short for “national socialist,” and socialist ideology has been embraced by some mainstream Democrats.
Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien called Suzuki “pathetic,” and New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali slammed Sukuzi, who took to the microphone at the White House to tell the world he loved them.
“They will never love you, Kurt Suzuki. They will never love you. Enjoy the hug and the delusion. Whatever makes you feel great,” Ali tweeted.
MSNBC ran a piece by Dave Schilling  claiming that Suzuki was “more evidence that baseball is not just a conservative sport. It is the conservative sport — one that has historically thrived on its adherence to nebulous ideas of ‘tradition’ and ‘playing the right way.’ …. It’s a culture of repression, puritan self-flagellation, and humility porn. That sort of rigidity — the notion that there are unwritten rules that must be followed despite no one having really agreed to them in the first place — runs at the core of the conservative ideology. Be aware of your place in this world and do not deviate. It’s tradition as prison, even if that tradition has been perverted a million times over, either with the Electoral College or something far more reprehensible, like the designated hitter rule or the Wild Card game.”
Schilling also bemoaned the fact that MLB is supposedly not “woke” enough compared to other professional sports.
“Sure, baseball isn’t as unabashedly white as NASCAR or golf, but it’s certainly far from the zeitgeist occupied by the NBA or the NFL,” Schilling wrote for MSNBC. “The idea of Major League Baseball having a LeBron James to stand up to the president or a Colin Kaepernick to protest the national anthem is almost laughable.”
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