August 19, 2011

Nationals patriotic gesture shot down by MLB

Military tribute capsWhile the Reds were visiting the Washington Nationals this week, the Nationals were planning a tribute to the armed forces by wearing armed forces hats through batting practice and the game on Tuesday. They got to wear them for the BP, but MLB prohibited them for the actual game. From a story on The Post Game:

This was the Nats’ first home game since 30 soldiers riding in a helicopter were killed in Afghanistan on August 6th. But Commissioner Bud Selig’s top executives stopped it from happening.

MLB says that they reserve special hat days for nation-wide tributes when all of the teams wear the same (ugly) tribute caps. Myself, I’m not exactly outraged but kind of mystified as to why MLB would go out of their way to put a stop to this recognition of the armed forces. Is there some slippery slope here that I’m not seeing? If they allowed this, would it be just a matter of time till the players were all wearing beer helmets on the field or something?

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