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over lives in baseball

For several reasons, I’ve become disenchanted with major league sports.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred reinforced my view after several Miami Marlins players were found to have COVID-19.

Instead of promising to tighten safety protocols for his players or give his heartfelt apologies to the players and their families he stated the following: “I don’t see this as a nightmare. We built protocols to continue to play” and “That’s why we have the pool of additional players.”

It reminded me of a war movie where men are pinned down in a bunker with bullets flying everywhere. After the lieutenant orders a group of men to take the hill and they’re all gunned down, he sends the next group of men. Manfred’s planning was all about knowing players would get “gunned down” and to have additional troops to take their place. He all but admitted players lives don’t matter; only money does.

Don Morgan
Concord

 

Convert rodeo grounds
to animal sanctuary

I strongly support converting Hayward Area Recreation and Park District‘s Castro Valley rodeo grounds into “The Gail Steele Farm Animal Sanctuary and Humane Education Center for Bay Area Children.”

Abusive rodeos have outlived any education or entertainment value they were originally intended to provide. Now they veer far away from what really happens on a farm. Also, teaching animal abuse is no longer acceptable in civilized societies.

What a wonderful gift to our children, and indeed society, an animal sanctuary and humane education center would provide.

Elizabeth Fisher
Pleasant Hill

DA deserves support,
not death threats

The East Bay Women’s Political Alliance knows Black Lives Matter.

We stand in support of Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton who took a courageous stand against racism by charging those who defaced the Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez with hate crimes.

Tragically, as a result of this bold action, she has received death threats. The destruction of this mural was a vile act of hate. Racism will only be defeated if it is directly named and condemned.

To defeat racism, we have to call it by its name every time we see it. As district attorney, Diana Becton had the clarity and backbone to name this ugliness. This is the leadership our society needs. We support her bravery in this action.

Amelia Lopez-Helm
Oakland

 

Why do we play, hear
the national anthem?

Why do we play and hear the national anthem at public sporting events? What’s its purpose and what is its relevance to these events?

There is no reason for these “patriotic” displays other than to put public pressure on people to “act” patriotic. Maybe to remind us of where we are? (We know).

Does it make anyone less American if they don’t stand or remove their cap? What if they’re in the beer or bathroom line during the anthem? In a free democratic republic, why isn’t my patriotism as assumed as my loyalty to my work company is? They don’t make me pledge my allegiance or sing their anthem every morning. Play the anthem at the Olympics when we win a gold medal.

There are plenty of great baseball songs we could be singing along to before the game. How about “Centerfield” by John Fogarty? Put me in coach!

David Matthews
El Sobrante

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WATCH: MLS Player Blasts Fans for Booing Anthem Protests: I Think it Was Disgusting

Fans were evidently displeased when two Major League Soccer clubs took a knee during the national anthem in Dallas on Wednesday. It also appears that one of the players was quite upset with the fans.

FC Dallas player and U.S. Men’s National Team member Reggie Cannon, said that he thought the fans reaction to the players protest was, “disgusting.”

“I think it was disgusting. I think it was absolutely disgusting,” Cannon said, via Yahoo.

“You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in,” Cannon continued. “Millions of other people support this cause and we discussed with every other team and the league what we’re going to do and we’ve got fans booing us in our own stadium. How disgraceful is that? Honestly, for lack of a better word, it pissed me off. … You can’t even have support form your own fans in your own stadium. It’s baffling to me.”

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Dallas fans were booing at the stands when FC Dallas team knelt and Reggie Cannon spoke about it in the press conference
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The two teams will play again on Saturday at 8:30 AM EST.

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