Five Tampa Bay Rays remove Pride patches from their uniforms

Fanaticism is in the spotlight in Tampa Bay.

Fanaticism is in the spotlight in Tampa Bay.
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Remember, not too long ago, one of the reasons it was thought the Colorado Rockies couldn’t win was because the whole organization was determined to to be a weird religious cult? It’s calmed down in recent years, and it just turns out that they’re more of a bunch of lousy, backward, nepotistic morons. But don’t worry MLB, you have a new team that is apparently Warriors for Christ, which limits the appeal of your game!

On Saturday, the Rays tried to boost their Pride Night by having rainbow patches on their jerseys and hats. Five players pulled them, citing their religious beliefs, which, as George Carlin told us, is always the last place to turn for someone with no answers or ideas but in need of a shield not to be rightly called a fanatic. They feel like it is a card to get out of hateful thinking.

Jason Adam was apparently chosen to be the spokesperson for the Rays Block of Hate, trying to make the mealy mouth to thread a needle that doesn’t exist that makes it possible to hate gays without feeling like you hate gays. Adam tried to pretend he doesn’t look down on the LGBTQ+ community and that they’re always welcome, but of course he wouldn’t do the thing that made those two things seem true. While parading the usual drivel that is around “hate the sin but love the sinner”.

That’s no real surprise, because we know there’s a decent bunch of MLB players out there who are corn-fed mules who wave a Bible in any building over four stories for encroaching too much. near their lord. No matter the belief in the very vacant space between your ears, when you talk about homosexuality as a “lifestyle” or a “choice”, it’s obvious that one, you don’t understand, and two, you actually discriminate against them. You can bet wingers like Adam would criticize other religions for their treatment of a number of groups like women or gay people, but when it comes to Christianity it’s always cover for people like him . None of the USMNT players seemed to mind yesterday as all the numbers on their jerseys for their friendly against Uruguay were rainbow colored.

If Rob Manfred had rocks, he’d punish the Rays somehow, but he’s probably also terrified of angering baseball’s (ever-aging, ever-smaller) meathead quotient in their fandom as much as it does anything that doesn’t actively kill interest. in the game.

Here’s something that could cook the noodles of Adam and his cronies in the dark. Given what we know about Jesus’ “lifestyle” – no wife, hung out with a bunch of guys, but was also friends with prostitutes, I’ll give you 3-1 that Jesus was gay.

Sure, having players forced to wear rainbow patches on their shirts and hats isn’t much of a show of support, but it’s a whole lot better than the juxtaposition of some players wearing them and others no, and then having to address through an empty vessel like Adam which makes it clear the Rays don’t really care about making the LGBTQ+ community feel welcome.

But hey, baseball is America’s pastime, so it tells us more and more desperately with each passing year. This should therefore reflect our shift towards a minority theocracy upon which we will all soon be governed.


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