First of all, well-deserved congratulations to the Chicago Cubs and the residents of the Windy City on the team’s come-from-behind victory (threy were down 3 games to 1) to win its first World Series in 106 years.
Now on to the business of this post, which is to extend a much-deserved “get a life” to all the morons egged on by an unnamed author at Mediaite who is himself as ignorant about America’s pastime is he is overzealous about crying “Racism.”
Here’s the tweet that appears to have started the whole kerfuffle:
As anyone who follows baseball can tell you, a capital “K” is the symbol used in scoring to designate a strikeout. (A strikeout in which the batter is caught “looking” — i.e., a called third strike — is often scored as a backward “K.”)
Some decades ago, fans attending games began to bring along sheets of cardboard or heavy-duty paper with K’s emblazoned on them so that they could keep a running record of a pitcher’s strikeouts.
Which is what you see in the photograph in the tweet.
But that’s not what the Twittersphere saw. They saw this:
— 🇺🇸Thomas-S Fla🇺🇸 (@thomassfl) November 3, 2016
Some even imputed the insult to Fox, which was broadcasting the game, and the fact that Aroldis Chapman, the Chicago closer, is black. There are two problems with that theory. First, it was the Fox entertainment network — not the conservative Fox News Channel — that was carrying the game. Second, the small scoreboard embedded in the picture shows that the screen cap was made in the bottom half of the inning. Chapman was not pitching at this point.
This morning Mediaite added an update to its article admitting its mistake. I am wondering if liberal America will ever admit its.