More Calls to Boycott Arizona and the All-Star Game

What’s a day without another call for boycotting Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and especially the Major League All-Star game in 2011?  Well, it’s like a day without sunshine apparently.

Yet more calls to boycott Arizona and the All-Star game today.  Today’s winners, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  Senator Menendez is urging MLB to move the game and Gonzalez has come out and stated if he is picked to participate, he will boycott and not come.

Good, stay the hell away then.

I love how all these people feel that boycotting Arizona is somehow going to repeal this law.  First of all, it’s no business of Senator Menendez’s anyways.  He has the right to voice his opinion and the right to submit a request to move the game.  It’s not his fight.  Really though, why politics is mixing in baseball is beyond me.  Gonzalez, who made his comments last week, is calling for not only a boycott of the All-Star game, but a move of all spring training out of Arizona.

If I was commissioner, if Gonzalez decided to skip, let him.  It’s his right.  I would fine and possibly suspend him if he wasn’t injured and didn’t have a legitimate excuse for missing a game fans want to see him in though.  What I also don’t understand is, doesn’t his team play in Arizona like 9-10 times a season?  What’s he going to do, boycott those games too?  It’s a joke.  I’ve stated in the past, I don’t like the law myself, but the law is the law.  Lawmakers in this country have the right to make the laws.  We voted those people into office.  Boycotting a particular place because of its laws is your right as a U.S. Citizen.  AS A U.S. CITIZEN!  Last time I checked, Gonzalez was in this country legally, as were all other Latinos in the major leagues.  They have nothing to worry about.

As far as I’m concerned, go ahead, continue the calls for boycotts.  We’ll continue to support and love the ones who will continue to support our laws and come to Arizona to spend their money, and no matter how many people are against it, let’s remember that 70 percent – 70 PERCENT, of Arizonans support this law.  You can continue your boycotts and letter writing campaigns, legal challenges, pickets, rally’s, marches, speaches, or whatever else.  Fact is, as of July 30th, this will be law in Arizona, like it or not.  MLB can do what they want.  I would love to see the All-Star game here, but you know what?  I’d almost rather not have all those people coming here and bitching and whining about the heat either.

If you want to boycott, please by all means.  Go make someone else miserable.

Scott Allen

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  • Phyllis Freedman

    The bigotry behind the law is what people with common sense are taking issue with and the Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona government is in denial that their is any bigotry involved. This has as much latent bigotry as the Cherokee removal out of Georgia to Oklahoma in 1830′s epic TRAIL OF TEARS because every argument for the law surprising is where the popularity of speaking who the act targets from supporters of the law against its target- that being illegal Mexicans- have been attacked with a volley of hate since and to which this law is supposedly the answer.

    If a bad law like this can be made by a Governor for people who are of Mexican decent today then one can be tried for Irish in Massachusetts tomorrow; or African-American in Florida next, even for Jews in New York; Chinese in California; or Italians in New Jersey. It’s the beginning of boldly going after people with use of the law by race.

    Governor Jan Brewer should repeal this law and allow President Obama to work on the matter which takes more thinking and less draconian restrictions than she feels personally allowable by our Constitution. That Governor Jan Brewer has become stubborn is why nationally and internationally the economy will continue to suffer from a necessary boycott which America feels desperately needed to counter the hardline Governor Jan Brewer has taken in regards to leaving SB1070 law on the books in Arizona.

    That is not America way of doing law. That is the way Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany did law, that being blame a race of people for the lack of your leadership to govern those who reside under your roof amicably.

    It would have been a better solution if Adolph Hitler had moved out of Germany and lived in a tranquil place of his choosing rather than to stir up his population to war against America and it would be more a simple solution if Governor Jan Brewer moves to another area where she is feeling happy again rather than trying to stay sad and bring economic unhappiness to Arizona.

    Is this what fellow party Republicans really want from all this chaos of disagreement of law SB1070 law? Loss of important tourist revenue? The analogy I’d use is like the people stranded at sea together in a rubber lifeboat.

    In the lifeboat are about 100 people. 50 percent do not like the other 50 percent in the boat with them and so they say to that 50 percent they do not like, “If you don’t get out of this lifeboat then we’re going to punch a hole in it?”

    That is what Governor Jan Brewer has in essence said, except with taking it to the final step and punching the whole in the lifeboat. Then her supporters seeing that their lifeboat is sinking are saying to everyone as though we are too to stupid to see why the lifeboat is sinking, “you see people, they are in the lifeboat too and wouldn’t leave so now look at us sink? It’s there fault!”

    Sure, you’re punching a hole in the rubber lifeboat had nothing to do with it sinking, it was the fact that they stayed in the lifeboat with you making you act like a ding bat that caused the hole?


  • Benito

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

  • sam

    thats right lets just open the border so everyone in the world can come in unaccounted for. Then when the government i mean the tax paayer can no longer support them what will we do? where will they go next? germany? greece? you people need to wake up, open borders cause more problems than they fix!
    bigotry only happens on the side that opposes this law watch the protest always blaming white people arent they but supporters of the bill never say hectors do they they say close the borders you a wipes always assume its just dealing with mexico. did you ever wonder what happens to the illegals from europe? no you dont most if not all aare deported. Why? they have documents! thats right documents the ones you awipes are screaming about having to show. when their documents are no longer valid they are sought out and deported. but come in across the hector border with no papers and you should be entitled to stay for life. get over yourselves if mexico is so great go home the open border works both ways!

  • Benito

    “All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

    It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless they add more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law. Why hitch your wagon to this dead white elephant? I do not understand.

  • Davy

    Scott, I agree with you, this is not the place to whine about politcal issues, just a fun day at the Park. GO D-backs.

  • azscott

    Thanks Davy. That’s been my point all along. We all have our opinions about the new law. Politics and baseball do not mix. Just play baseball and if you want to skip Phoenix along the playing path, good, stay away. For every one of you who don’t want to come, there will be one willing to take your place in a heart beat. Play ball!

  • Baseball Journeyman

    I couldn’t agree more. Politics and baseball don’t mix but I have to say some of the comparisons are quite comical. Love the blog. It’s nice to see the D’backs from a fans perspective.

  • Fenway_Nation

    Wow…that didn’t take long for some of the Constitutional scholars to invoke Godwin’s rule. “OMG! Racist! Nazis! Halp halp! Only Obama can save us!!!”

    For Christ’s sake, I guess I’m the victim of discrimintion every time I try and cash a check at the bank and the Nazi teller behind the counter demands to see my papers drivers liscenc or something. I should be able to freely deposit or withdraw funds without having to show those fascists an ATM card or anything that proves I have an account there! This is discrimination!!

    As a conservative Red Sox fan, I’ve learned from early on to seperate sports from Politics…even after Schilling came to town. I’m a little disappointed that some of these opportunistic Congressmen won’t extend the same courtesey, and I hope their constituents will boycott their sorry asses come November. I also gotta wonder what these senators would do differently from what they’re doing now if they were employed by the Juarez or Sinaloa cartels.

    As for the most recent developments, I’m glad Selig didn’t cave in. It’s not often I get to say this about Selig, but he made the right call reagarding next year’s all-star game.

  • Benito

    As for the undocumented workers, as Ronald Reagan said “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good we say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when we are in a down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass. The real problem is the narcosis/drug and people smuggler that’s what the focus should be on.

    Don’t you find it funny that no one ever voted for Governor Brewer, it’s all about politics, do not be fooled. Busy Brewer has passed S.B. 1070, no permit conceal weapons law, the famous Birthers law banning Ethic studies law, and if history is a lesson their House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which failed when challenged) and the one that was the funniest the boycott of Martin Luther King Day, not wanting another holiday. I believe there is an undercurrent to their enactment of new laws, they real love following a distinct pattern.

  • Hunter

    Benito: Go your stupid ass back to Mexico & take Adrian Gonzalez with you. You are an ungrateful, illegal fool! You want everything handed to you on a silver platter but all of that will soon come to an end. The law is already in the constitution, it’s just finally being ENFORCED by some people with some sense! Other states are also about to follow suit b/c your saviour doesn’t have a clue & come November, this country will be taken back! Belive it.