Protesters delay Diamondbacks-Reds game
ABC-9, September 16, 2010
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds game against Arizona Wednesday was briefly delayed in the top of the third inning when a young man and woman draped a sign over the center field wall protesting Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law.
D-backs Game Briefly Delayed Due to Arizona Immigration Law Protest
My Fox Phoenix, September 15, 2010
The game was briefly delayed in the top of the third inning when a young man and woman draped a sign over the center field fence protesting Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law.
Bud Selig: A Civil Rights Icon for Our Times…just like Beck
The Nation, September 2, 2010
Because I believe strongly in the rights of pigeons to have a place to roost, I wholeheartedly support the building of the Bud Selig statue outside of the Milwaukee Brewers tax-payer funded stadium, Miller Park. Given the number of people in Brew City who have attended games over the decades with the dear hope that they could catch even a fleeting glimpse of the great Selig, it’s a fitting tribute.
Sparks fly outside Petco Park over AZ immigration law
KFMB, August 25, 2010
Before the Diamondbacks took on the Padres Wednesday evening, protestors on both sides of the debate over Arizona’s immigration law greeted fans heading into Petco Park. Immigrants rights activists not only denounced the Diamondbacks’ visit to San Diego, but also called on baseball commissioner Bud Selig to move the 2011 MLB All-Star Game out of Arizona. “I have been in touch directly with Bud Selig’s office,” said Enrique Morones of Border Angels, which advocates for immigrants’ rights, “We said, If you don’t move the game, we’re going to move the fans.”
Enrique Morones: The Man Who Would Move the Game
The Nation, August 23, 2010
Enrique Morones has been at the heart of the movement to move the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game from the state of Arizona. As much as anyone in the United States, he is uniquely positioned to provide leadership on the connection between baseball and the rights of immigrants. For six years, Morones worked for the San Diego Padres as a Vice President in charge of connecting the franchise to the Latino community, Major League Baseball’s first Department of Hispanic Marketing.
Protesters interrupt baseball game over Arizona immigration law
CNN, August 16, 2010
The fierce debate over a new Arizona immigration law spread to America’s pastime Sunday as a group of protesters rushed on to the field during the 5th inning of the Washington Nationals-Arizona Diamondbacks game in Washington, D.C. As security guards tackled one protester, another tried to sprint across. In all, four were eventually escorted away from Nationals Park.
Group urges Selig to move 2011 All-Star Game
Associated Press, August 15, 2010
WASHINGTON — Sunday’s game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals was briefly interrupted by protesters urging commissioner Bud Selig to move the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix because of Arizona’s new immigration legislation. A man emerged from the left-field stands in the fifth inning and ran into short right field after Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg grounded to short for the first out. As security guards were about to subdue the man, a woman ran onto the field from the right-field seats.
Protesters on field in D.C.-Ariz. game
Politico, August 15, 2010
In what could become a YouTube sensation, the first two field chargers eluded security guards for a couple of minutes, with a young woman appearing to taunt a large security guard by allowing him to approach her and then sprinting away as he flailed in failed attempt to catch her. Ultimately, all four of the fans were stopped and led away.
Immigration protesters descend on Nationals Park
Washington Post, August 15, 2010
For at least the second time this summer, protesters descended on Nats Park on Sunday to urge baseball to move the 2011 All-Star game out of Phoenix because of the state’s immigration policies. The AP account says about three dozen people protested outside the stadium before the game, though more striking were the four folks who made it onto the field.
Take Me Out to the Protest
Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2010
The Washington Nationals baseball game Sunday afternoon was briefly interrupted during the bottom of the fifth inning when four people ran onto the field to protest Arizona’s immigration law.
Five arrested in All-Star protest
ESPN.com, August 12, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS — Police arrested five protesters outside the quarterly meeting of Major League baseball team owners in Minneapolis. They were among 100 people who gathered outside a downtown hotel Wednesday, trying to deliver petitions to commissioner Bud Selig to move the 2011 All-Star game out of Arizona because of that state’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants. They say an event that could pump $60 million into Arizona’s economy belongs elsewhere.
5 arrested in All-Star protest at baseball meeting
Associated Press, August 12, 2010
Police arrested five protesters outside the quarterly meeting of Major League baseball team owners in Minneapolis.
Five arrested in All-Star protest outside MLB’s quarterly owners’ meetings
USA TODAY, August 12, 2010
Day one of Major League Baseball’s quarterly owners’ meetings in Minneapolis started with a bang. Police arrested five of about 100 protesters gathered outside a downtown hotel, trying to deliver petitions to commissioner Bud Selig to move the 2011 All-Star game out of Arizona because of that state’s new immigration law.
Protesters Rally To Move Next Year’s All-Star Baseball Game (VIDEO)
KSTP (ABC-5), August 11, 2010
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was in Minneapolis Wednesday for a quarterly meeting and to celebrate the completion of Target Field. But, the cheers outside his meeting were anything but positive. Hundreds protested outside that meeting at the Graves Hotel Wednesday afternoon.
Protesters arrested trying to deliver petitions to Selig
Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 11, 2010
Five people were arrested in Minneapolis in an attempt to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, asking him to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona. The arrests occurred at the quarterly MLB owners’ meeting, which is being held at the Graves 601 Hotel.
Protesters Want MLB to Boycott Arizona
FOX 9 News, August 11, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS – About 100 people demonstrated outside the Graves Hotel, where Major League Baseball owners are holding their quarterly meetings. The protesters say Major League Baseball should move next year’s all-star game from Arizona because of that state’s new immigration law.
On Sunday the Arizona Diamondbacks Come to DC… and They’re Not Alone
The Nation, August 11, 2010
On Sunday at high noon, the dry nativism of Arizona collides with steamy weather and steamed immigrant rights activists at DC’s Nationals Park. The Arizona Diamondback baseball squad is coming to town and, as Major League Baseball has learned all summer, that means a protest at the park.
‘Penny tipper’ Espinosa is back to take on baseball’s Bud Selig over Arizona immigration law and All-Star Game
MinnPost, August 10, 2010
When Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and the industry’s other owners gather in Minneapolis Wednesday to celebrate the construction of Target Field and the newfound health of the Twins franchise, they won’t be able to avoid a pressing social issue: immigration. And they won’t be able to dodge a couple of organizers par excellence, including one who recently made a splash in the Minnesota gubernatorial campaign.
D-Backs take hush-hush approach on All-Star game
USA Today, August 9, 2010
The Arizona Diamondbacks are taking a no-hype approach to hosting the All-Star game next season, lest they further awaken their state’s uproar over the immigration law. Instead of trumpeting the unveiling of their logo for the 2011 All-Star Game the Diamondbacks quietly included it when they mailed out season-ticket renewal packages this week. That strategy was forced on the team because of opponents of the law who want MLB to move the game from Phoenix.
Group to protest at Brewers-Diamondbacks game
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 9, 2010
A group will protest outside of Monday’s Milwaukee Brewers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks to criticize Arizona’s attempt to crack down on illegal immigration.
Diamondbacks-Nats game delayed after immigration law protest sign draped over wall
Associated Press, August 2, 2010
PHOENIX — The Nationals and Diamondbacks were delayed briefly Monday night when a fan draped a sign over the left-field wall protesting Arizona’s immigration law. Plate umpire Angel Hernandez halted the game in the first inning when he saw the large sign addressed to Diamondbacks owner Ken Hendrick. The sign read: “Mr. Kendrick … Don’t feed hate. Say no to SB1070.”
Activists deliver message to Mariners: Boycott All-Star game
Seattle PI, July 30, 2010
A group of activists dropped off nearly 5,000 signatures at Safeco Field Thursday, calling on the Mariners to boycott the 2011 All-Star game in Arizona.
Protests at the Park: The Precedent and the Promise
The Nation, July 21, 2010
Thrumming below the surface of your daily sports coverage is a movement that threatens to change the fundamental dynamics between fans and pro sports leagues. This summer, loud and confident demonstrations greet Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks whenever they play on the road. Next week, we are looking at pickets right outside the ballpark in Philadelphia on July 27th and July 29th, and at Citi Field in Queens when they play my New York Mets on July 30th and 31st.
2011 MLB All-Star Game in Arizona: Bud Selig Making a Bad Situation Worse
Bleacher Report, July 15, 2010
Look at the rosters for Major League Baseball’s 2010 All-Star Game and you’ll see a pretty glaring trend. When all the shuffling due to player unavailability was done, the National League had 38 members and the American League had 39 for a grand total of 77 honorees. Of those athletes, 26 came to the diamond from outside the United States of America:
All-Star Boycott Coming? Baseball Players Lash Out at Arizona Immigration Law
CBS News, July 13, 2010
With the All-Star Game set for tonight in Anaheim, opponents of Arizona’s controversial immigration law are spotlighting comments from Major League Baseball players opposing the law – including some who says they would boycott next year’s All Star game in Phoenix over the legislation. “I’m opposed to it. How are you going to tell me that, me being Hispanic, if you stop me and I don’t have my ID, you’re going to arrest me? That can’t be,” St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols told USA Today.
Arizona immigration law stirs MLB debate for 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix
The Arizona Republic, July 13, 2010
ANAHEIM – On the eve of baseball’s annual All-Star Game, much of the conversation Monday was focused on next year’s game in Phoenix and the state’s controversial immigration law. Inside the Anaheim Marriott, All-Star players were voicing their opposition to Senate Bill 1070 – some more vehemently than others – as they readied for the sport’s first major event since the law’s passage. Outside, protesters called for Major League Baseball to move next year’s game.
Albert Pujols vs. Tony La Russa on Arizona’s Immigration Law
The Atlantic, July 13, 2010
The best player in baseball and his manager don’t usually disagree, at least in public, but Arizona’s immigration law has changed all that: in a shocking and major political news development, Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa have taken opposite sides on SB 1070.
We Won’t Play in Arizona, Say Latino Baseball All Stars
Colorlines, July 13, 2010
“If the game is in Arizona, I will totally boycott,” says Milwaukee Brewers’ All-Star pitcher Yovani Gallardo. And he’s not alone. The list of Latino Major League Baseball players who have said they will refuse to participate in the 2011 All-Star Game if it is played in Phoenix, Arizona, is steadily lengthening, according to an AP article.
Selig no cambiará la sede del Juego de las Estrellas de 2011 y Gallardo dice que no jugaría
Yahoo Noticias, 13 de Julio, 2010
Redacción EE.UU., 13 jul (EFE).- El comisionado de las Grandes Ligas, Bud Selig, dio señales de que en estos momentos las mayores no consideran cambiar la sede para el Juego de las Estrellas del 2011, en Phoenix, como protesta por la nueva ley de inmigración que regirá en el estado de Arizona a partir del 29 de este mes.
Immigration protest set for MLB All-Star game
OC Register, July 13, 2010
ANAHEIM – Major League Baseball’s All-Star game seems to be the latest battlefield in the immigration debate. Tuesday afternoon, activists who oppose and support Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law are expected to voice their beliefs before the All-Star game in front of Angel Stadium.
Gallardo would skip All-Stars in Arizona over law
Associated Press, July 12, 2010
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Yovani Gallardo is firm. Even if he’s fortunate enough to make the All-Star team again next summer, he’ll skip it. “If the game is in Arizona, I will totally boycott,” the Milwaukee Brewers pitcher said Monday.
Immigration law looms over 2011 game
ESPN, July 12, 2010
ANAHEIM, Calif. — As Major League Baseball fetes the game this week by showcasing its best players, it faces a looming question just a state and a year away: Should it move the 2011 All-Star Game from Arizona, where a new immigration law has become a flashpoint in the nation’s long-standing immigration debate?
Baseball All-Star Game Hit With Boycott Pitch
ABC, July 12, 2010
Opponents of Arizona’s new immigration law have stepped up the pressure on Commissioner Bud Selig to pull next year’s All-Star game out of Phoenix, coinciding with preparations for Major League Baseball’s annual game Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif. The latest Washington Post poll shows six in 10 Americans favor the law. A coalition of human rights groups, clergy, immigrant advocates MoveOn.org and labor unions called Move the Game presented Selig with a 100,000-signature petition today, urging him to steer clear of Arizona.
MLB should move the 2011 All-Star game out of Arizona
Washington Post, July 12, 2010
Major League Baseball is preparing to host its All-Star game Tuesday, and roughly one-third of the players who will be in Anaheim are African American and Latino. Given the diversity of today’s game, it is especially frustrating that baseball Commissioner Bud Selig remains silent about the nightmare next year’s All-Star game could pose for millions of Americans.
Groups pressure Bud Selig to move 2011 All-Star Game; Albert Pujols opposes Arizona law
USA TODAY, July 12, 2010
Local Anaheim and other Southern California organizations planned to deliver more than 100,000 petitions to MLB commissioner Bud Selig on Monday, demanding that he move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona. The organizations — representing civil, labor and immigrant rights — are using the petition delivery as a part of a national campaign to relocate the game. The campaign, MoveTheGame.org, was created to protest Arizona’s recent passage of the anti-immigrant and racial profiling law: SB 1070.
Activists: 100,000 want All-Star game moved out of Arizona
OC Register, July 12, 2010
ANAHEIM – A group opposed to Arizona’s recent anti-illegal immigration law on Monday unsuccessfully attempted to personally deliver more than 100,000 petitions to Major League Baseball Commissionerer Bud Selig, asking him to move next year’s All-Star game out of the “Grand Canyon State.” After a morning press conference in front of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, a group representing various immigration rights movements walked into the hotel’s lobby, asking to speak with Selig before they were led out by police and hotel officials.
All-Star Speak Out: Baseball Players Pledge to Boycott Arizona All Star Game
The Nation, July 12, 2010
If Major League Baseball’s 2011 All-Star Game is held as planned in the anti-immigrant “meth lab of democracy” otherwise known as Arizona, players are letting it be known that the show will go on without them. On Monday’s media day for this week’s 2010 game in Anaheim, several Latino All-Stars were asked for their thoughts about next year’s game taking place in a state being monitored by the justice department for racial profiling.
Athletes Vow to Boycott Arizona Individually
My Fox Phoenix, July 12, 2010
Jose Valverde, Yovani Gallardo, and Joakim Soria are three Hispanic players who have said they won’t attend the All-Star Game. FOX 10′s Sports Anchor Jude LaCava has more.
Reúnen 100 mil firmas para mudar juego de estrellas del beisbol de Arizona
La Crónica de Hoy, 12 de Julio, 2010
Organizaciones defensoras de los inmigrantes anunciaron hoy que cuentan con 100.000 solicitudes para pedir al comisionado de la Liga Mayor de Béisbol profesional (MLB, en inglés) que cambie la sede del Juego de las Estrellas 2011 para una ciudad fuera de Arizona.
Hispanos recogen 110 mil firmas para que Juego de Estrellas no se celebre en Arizona en 2011
Telesur, 12 de Julio de 2010
Al menos 110 mil firmas reunieron los activistas hispanos para que el Juego de Estrellas, principal evento beisbolístico en Estados Unidos después de la Serie Mundial, no se celebre el próximo año en Arizona (sur), porque aseguran que no es un buen lugar debido a que seguidores y peloteros podrían ser discriminados ante la aplicación de la ley antiinmigrante.
Presentan 100.000 solicitudes para cambio de sede de Juego de las Estrellas
Terra, 12 de Julio, 2010
Los Ángeles, 12 jul (EFE)- Organizaciones defensoras de los inmigrantes anunciaron hoy que cuentan con 100.000 solicitudes para pedir al comisionado de la Liga Mayor de Béisbol profesional (MLB, en inglés) que cambie la sede del Juego de las Estrellas 2011 para una ciudad fuera de Arizona.
Activists outside MLB offices urge Bud Selig to take stand, move 2011 All-Star Game from Arizona
NY Daily News, July 9, 2010
Bud Selig should make Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente proud by yanking the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona, immigrant rights activists said at a demonstration outside Major League Baseball’s Park Ave offices Thursday.
Selig takes heat over Arizona law
Politico, July 8, 2010
The fight over Arizona’s contentious immigration law has landed at the doorstep of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Immigrant-rights activists rallied Thursday afternoon in front of MLB’s New York headquarters, urging Selig to yank the 2011 All-Star Game from Arizona.
Immigrant groups protest outside MLB headquarters
NBC Sports, July 8, 2010
NEW YORK – Pro-immigration groups gathered outside Major League Baseball headquarters in Manhattan on Thursday to protest keeping the 2011 All-Star game in Phoenix.
Opponents of Arizona’s immigration law demand MLB move 2011 all-star game from Phoenix
Daily Caller, July 8, 2010
Baseball, America’s pastime, has become yet another battleground in the ongoing debate over Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070.
Opponents of Arizona’s Immigration Law Take Their Protests to the Ballpark
Fox News, July 1, 2010
At baseball games across the country, America’s national pastime is competing with another longtime American tradition: protesting. Opponents of Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigrants are trying to put pressure on baseball commissioner Bud Selig to move next year’s All-Star Game from Phoenix, and they’re doing it by protesting the state’s major league team, the Diamondbacks.
Into the Vacuum: Tony La Russa Loves Arizona’s SB 1070
The Nation, July 1, 2010
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has chosen to publicly back Arizona’s odious, anti-constitutional, anti-immigrant Senate Bill 1070. Call me paranoid. Call me delusional. But it doesn’t take a tinfoil hat to intuit that there are larger forces at work shaping Major League Baseball’s political response to Arizona’s anti-immigrant attacks.
Protesters outside Trop urge MLB to move All-Star game because of Arizona immigration law
St. Petersburg Times, June 26, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG — Jessica Sanchez doesn’t consider herself a die-hard baseball fan. But on Friday, the 20-year-old University of South Florida student was outside Tropicana Field trying to rally people to address what she feels is a wrong move by Major League Baseball. [...] The protest was similar to others that have taken place around the country — including Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco — as part of a campaign by the website movethegame.org.
Major League Baseball should boycott Arizona
USA Today, June 25, 2010
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced last week that Kansas City will be the site of the 2012 All-Star Game. Folks there will no doubt applaud. After all, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star estimates that the game will bring in $70 million for the city. However, Selig could have made a much more significant announcement: that he is moving the 2011 All-Star Game out of Phoenix.
Local group protests AZ immigration law
My Fox Tampa Bay, June 25, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG – Baseball fans at Friday night’s Rays game against the Arizona Diamondbacks were met by protesters upset about Arizona’s immigration law. This is nothing new for the Diamondbacks. The team has been met by protesters in several cities since the immigration law passed.
MLB teams prepare Latino rookies for Arizona law
Associated Press, June 18, 2010
PHOENIX — The Arizona Rookie League starts Monday, with some 150 or so prospects from Latin America taking part. Unless a court decides otherwise, the state’s much-debated immigration law will take effect on July 29. The Cleveland Indians have taken extra precautions to be sure their young Latin players aren’t caught unaware and unprepared.
Protesters gather at Red Sox-Diamondbacks game
My Fox Boston, June 15, 2010
Immigrant rights activists have staged a protest outside Fenway Park as the Red Sox begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tuesday’s picketers were voicing their opposition at stadium entrances and holding signs to protest Arizona’s controversial new law targeting illegal immigrants.
Protesters urge MLB to take stand against immigration law
NECN, June 15, 2010
BOSTON — With with loud voices, they’re getting their message out: Major League Baseball should take a stand against a new law in Arizona, enacted in April, which gives police broad powers to question and detain anyone thought to be an illegal immigrant.
Immigration protesters rally before Sox-Diamondbacks game
Boston Globe, June 15, 2010
Immigrant rights groups protested this evening outside Fenway Park as the Red Sox begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team representing a state that stirred up controversy when it recently passed a strict new immigration law. The Diamondbacks have been dogged at stadiums across the country this spring after the passage of the law.
Hundreds gather at Dodger Stadium to protest Arizona immigration law
LA Times, May 31, 2010
A mushrooming group of protesters against Arizona’s immigration law grew to a few hundred at the entrance to Dodger Stadium on Monday evening as the L.A. team prepared to play the Diamondbacks. Shouting “Boycott Arizona!” and carrying placards reading “Boycott Arizona Diamondbacks,” among other slogans, the protesters sought to gain the attention of fans driving into the stadium to watch a three-game series opener against the Arizona team.
500 rally at AT&T Park over Ariz. immigration law
Associated Press, May 29, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — A crowd of about 500 people gathered outside the home of the San Francisco Giants on Saturday and used a baseball game between the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks to protest Arizona’s tough new crackdown on illegal immigration.
Memo to Bud Selig: Move the Damn Game
Dissident Voice, May 28th, 2010
A steady thrum is increasing in volume outside Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s door to move the 2011 All Star Game out of Phoenix. Recent laws passed in Arizona — from banning ethnic studies in the Tucson public schools to mandating that the police demand the papers of “suspicious” immigrants — have mobilized people to take the Boycott Arizona campaign to Selig’s door.
Peralta Leads Boycott Of Arizona’s All-Star Game
NY1 News, May 21, 2010
State Senator Jose Peralta helped bring the push against Arizona’s immigration law to the Subway Series. The Queens Democrat joined a rally outside Citi Field before the Mets-Yankees game on Friday. Demonstrators called on the rivals to boycott next year’s All-Star Game in Arizona.
Petition Urges the Mets to Skip Next Year’s All-Star Game
Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2010
New York politicians have been steadily assailing the immigration law. Last month, Rep. Jose Serrano asked Major League baseball to move the 2011 All-Star game from Arizona, and a host of New York politicians — from Mayor Bloomberg to Al Sharpton — have also inveighed against the measure, and the City Council is considering a boycott of the state.
Politics weighs on athletes’ minds, too
Miami Herald, May 18, 2010
The Marlins carried a merry mood into Monday night’s home game on the heels of their four-game sweep of the New York Mets, but the merriment left Jorge Cantu’s face fast in the pregame clubhouse when the one question came he knew was waiting. “This hits me in the heart,” he said softly.
Arizona immigration law protested at Florida Marlins game
Miami Herald, May 17, 2010
The growing national protests against the controversial new Arizona immigration control law came to Miami Gardens on Monday night. South Florida immigrant rights activists rallied at Sun Life Stadium, holding up protest signs prior to the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Florida Marlins.
Step up to the plate: Baseball should pull the 2011 All-Star game from Phoenix
LA Times, May 15, 2010
For 141 years, baseball has mirrored and propelled America’s evolution. It has bridged class divisions, lifted the country’s spirits in dark times and, ultimately, helped break down racial barriers. Today, with American values again under attack in Arizona, baseball needs to act.
Latino group gives strong response to Bud Selig’s reluctance to buck Arizona law
USA Today, May 13, 2010
Roberto Lovato, co-founder of Presente.org, told USA TODAY he was “very disappointed” in baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s comments on Thursday, indicating that MLB had no plans to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona. “One would have expected more from the league that used to be known for standing up for civil rights as in the case of Jackie Robinson and African-Americans in the Jim Crow era,” Lovato said.
The Ugly Truth: How Diamondbacks Owner Ken Kendrick Continues to Support SB 1070
Huffington Post, May 10, 2010
Favianna Rodriguez, co-founder of Presente.org, which is a co-founder of the All Star Game boycott campaign MoveTheGame.org, said to me, “Latinos and their allies across the country are targeting Major League Baseball to show that laws like SB 1070 will have dire economic consequences. Mr. Kendrick’s continued support of the politicians behind SB 1070 will only further inspire that movement.”
Diamondbacks Owner Ken Kendrick Continues to Support SB 1070
The Nation, May 10, 2010
“If you are upset with Arizona’s immigrant laws, please don’t take it out on Major League Baseball! Sports and politics do not mix!” With a near military discipline, this had been the message pushed by much of the sports media in conjunction with the Arizona Republican party.
All-Star game in Arizona: Will it stay or will it go?
LA Times, May 8, 2010
The 2011 All-Star game, which has been awarded to Arizona, continues to be a flashpoint for activists opposed to that state’s harsh new immigration law. Congressman Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) was among the first to call on Commissioner Bud Selig to move the game if the law is allowed to stand. And although both players and their union have also spoken out, Selig has so far remained silent.