Remember when Major Leaguers used to serve in the military on a large scale? Me neither, but that's only because it last happened about 65-70 years ago during WWII and the Korean War. A few of the players that served in the military include: Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Phil Rizzuto, Pee Wee Reese, Bill Dickey, Whitey Ford, Ed Collins, Don Newcombe, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Rod Carew, Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Hank Bauer, Curt Simmons, Ernie Banks, Jerry Coleman, Bobby Doerr, Ty Cobb, George Sisler, Tommy Lasorda, Gil Hodges, Hank Greenberg, Tris Speaker, Johnny Pesky, Christy Mathewson, Yogi Berra, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Warren Spahn, Bob Feller, Hoyt Wilhelm, etc.
I had just changed my profile picture on the Tradingcard Database to the one below, before seeing the picture above. Now, I might have to find a Boycott MLB photo if this type of behavior is allowed to continue.
I don't want to see any more of this in America's favorite pasttime. Please send this loser down to the minors and cut him during the off-season. I don't ever want to see him in a professional baseball uniform again. Let him protest on his own time, and not the company's dime. I just wonder what other successful country is more inclusive than the U.S.? MLB owners also have the right to free speech and can hire/fire as they see fit. Fans also have the right to free speech and can spend their money where they see fit. I also have the right to free speech and can write this post.
Mark Canha apparently thinks he's a modern-day Pee Wee Reese by showing his support for Bruce Maxwell with a hand on his shoulder. The difference is that 70 years ago (1947), we were celebrating integration, not disrespect towards the National Anthem and American flag.
Mark Canha needs to go too. Let him play out the rest of his career in AAA.
God Bless Alejandro Villanueva who could never turn his back on his country as an Army Combat Infantry Airborne Ranger officer and graduate of the greatest institution in the world. There is no excuse for disrespecting the American Flag or National Anthem for any reason, ever--unless you're not an American, and not living in this country.
You might find a veteran here and there that will agree that they fought for every American's right to disrespect the flag, but I can't imagine you can find one (non-traitorous), that would say they were actually okay with it. An insult to the American flag, is an insult the the American military directly. Active duty service members spend so much time demonstrating reverence to the flag and the National Anthem during their careers, that many often cry or get shivers down their spine long after their service when they see the flag displayed in ceremony during during the national anthem--I know that I do. Active duty service members are required to demonstrate reverence to the flag in every instance that it is displayed. This includes when the flag goes up in the morning (reveille), and when the flag goes down at night (retreat). People driving in their cars on a military base are expected to stop their car and get out and face the flag and salute while in uniform during reveille or retreat. When a flag passes by a uniformed service member during a parade, they are expected to stand at attention and salute. Everything revolves around the flagpole in during an active-duty service members life if you really think about it. Are you kidding me?