FROM OUR PRINTED MAY 2021 EDITION
by Edward W. Wagner
Now that the Boston Red Sox are hosting games at Fenway Park with an actual audience, fans streaming over from Kenmore Square will notice, as they cross the bridge over the Mass. Pike, some new visual improvements in and around the Park: A football-field-long “Black Lives Matter” sign on the wall that runs alongside the pike underneath Landsdowne Street – brightly lit and in Red Sox style lettering. The digital sign on top of the garage at the end of Landsdowne Street also memorialized George Floyd’s name for about six months (I doubt that any of the victims of the marathon bombing got that kind of treatment). During last year’s fan-less season, if any TV camera panned across the interior of the ballpark, in addition to the cardboard cutouts of “fans” in the stands they would show the giant BLM sign covering the bleacher seats.
Since April of this year Republican sports fans have been witnesses to the breathtaking mendacity and cynicism of the major league baseball front office: At once colluding with the Democratic machine to enable vote fraud, preaching wokeness to its ticket holders and collaborating with the slave masters of the Chinese Communist Party.
What Massachusetts baseball fans probably don’t realize is that the Red Sox are the wokest entity in all of major league sports. Go to RedSoxFoundation.org (advertised alongside most of the BLM signage) and click on the “Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion” tab.
There you will find a declaration that in sheer woke Uriah Heepishness matches anything from a second tier college administrator or corporate HR department.
Here are the names of the S. J. Equity and I. Advisory Committee:
Bekah Saltwasser, Chair
From a cursory Google search I have not yet found anything of interest (thus far) about these people except that they all have jobs as PR flacks in Red Sox Inc. Well, there is one exception:
The chair, Bekah Saltwasser, seems to be Suffolk District Attorney Rachel Rollins’ sister. There is nothing in the Red Sox promotional literature reporting this.
The rest of the Web pages carries links to just about every woke, racialist, anti-law enforcement organization that has a website, including:
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Justice for Breonna
Reclaim the Block
National Bail Out
Nationwide Bail Fund
Black Lives Matter
Black Visions Collective
National Bail Fund Network
Massachusetts Bail Fund
Equal Justice Initiative
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
National Police Accountability Project
The Center for Constitutional Rights
US Human Rights Network
Violence in Boston
The Okra Project
He is Me
The Teacher’s Lounge
Love Your Magic
DJ Henry Dream Fund
The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund
Then there’s the reading list! Which include authors such as:
Angela Y. Davis
Ibram X. Kendi
Layla F. Saad
The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee
With titles such as:
“Black Skin. White Masks,” “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race,” “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” “White Fragility,” “The New Jim Crow,” “Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?,” “How to Be an Antiracist,” “Between the World and Me,” “Waking Up White,” and “Finding Myself in the Story of Race,” “The End of Policing.”
I don’t know what the story is with other MLB franchises. I have not looked at the website of any other team. I do know that this corporate fish rots from the head down. John Henry is an emblematic NPR liberal, unctuous, petty and hypocritical. Curt Schilling, the hero of the ’04 championship, has been snubbed and blackballed for years simply because of his politics. Henry lives in Brookline, owns the Globe, and supports the Mass. Democratic Party establishment. But where did he make his money (a little more than $2 billion)? Before it closed, the John Henry soybean commodities trading outfit operated out of … low tax Boca Raton, Florida. So just as with the estate of Rose Kennedy – high taxes for thee, but not for me.
And it is going to get worse. Who is buying a piece of the Red Sox? Who is going to be John Henry’s and Tom Werner’s business partner? The most despicable figure in all of American sports: LeBron James, who will using some of his obscene Chinese sweatshop profits to take a ten percent stake ($735 million) in the parent company of the Sox. And he will not just be a passive investor. The Boston Globe reports: “LeBron James won’t be a hands-off co-owner of the Boston Red Sox, according to Fenway Sports Group chairman Tom Werner.”
I wonder: Will the souvenir shops, inside (at least two) and outside the park, sell merchandise labeled “Made in China by Slaves?” If LeBron attends a game, will he sit or stand in his VIP box during the National Anthem? Or will they just abolish playing it altogether? ♦