MLB Twitter Account Endorses Kneeling During National Anthem

America has had some wild changes over the past few months; if you had told me that in February that the official MLB Twitter account would not only share a video of a team kneeling during the national anthem, but wholeheartedly endorse the gesture in the replies I would’ve let you name your odds and price for a bet. I’d have lost badly. I might’ve even made and lost that bet this morning.

First, the MLB account shared a video of some members of the San Francisco Giants kneeling during the anthem:

Not only that, but then the MLB account replied to two people who opposed the gesture:

This is honestly a shocker to me. MLB has arguably been an even more conservative league than the NFL over the years. To see these tweets coming from their official account, knowing the backlash that will inevitably come their way from their older audience, is truly astonishing.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. I haven’t watched baseball in years, so no big deal. I do worry about how this type of wanton ignorance and civic disrespect will infect (it probably has) the Little League experience for so many kids. America is under attack, sadly, and the kids get full inoculation through schools, and now the rot seeps to baseball, as American a pastime as there is.

  2. The problem I have with this particular protest is that it symbolically contradicts the idea behind the protest. If inequality, brutality or racism is your axe to grind, you’re free to grind it in America without retribution thanks to all that the flag you dishonor represents. So, to disrespect the ceremony remembering the origins and defenders of the freedoms you are currently exercising makes no symbolic sense (IF that’s “really” what you’re protesting). In essence, you’re saying you symbolically refuse gratitude to the country that gives you the freedom you’re exercising, which means you are refusing your own rights and freedoms symbolically. Is that truly what you want to communicate? That doesn’t even make logical sense. Ever consider that you should use a more accurate symbolic gesture that actually aligns to your message and isn’t symbolically contradictory? Maybe your act isn’t clearly representative of your intent, which is why it’s divisive? Or, maybe it is accurate, and you’re just not being honest about what you’re “really” protesting: The idea of America. Either way, you protesters have to either be smarter about using symbolism, or SBAP and say what you really mean.

    • The spineless millionaires in uniform hide behind the collective “we” so they think no one will individually take a financial hit to their merchandise sales. And most would mumble and stumble if asked directly by a sportswriter to explain the knee. But sportswriters are right there with ’em on the woke train b/c they want to keep their jobs, too. When they allow the twitter 5% to determine their actions, John, well we know MLB ratings are gonna be right there with NBA ratings circling the toilet bowl as we flush the shit shows.

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