Fans Who Want To Express Their Displeasure Of Bonds Won't Get The Chance In Person

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


According to the San Francisco Chronicle MLB is censoring fans wanting to display signs in protest of Barry Bonds. A piece by the Game of Shadows writers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams detail the story...

When Don Regole drove 120 miles from his Tucson home to watch his beloved Diamondbacks face the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, he brought along nine banners directed at Barry Bonds.

But Regole never got to display his banners at Chase Field on April 27. When Diamondbacks employees at the entrance to the ballpark asked to view the signs he had stuffed in his backpack, Regole was told the posters weren't acceptable. The reason: They were in poor taste.

A month later, after Regole had written the team to complain, he got a letter from the Diamondbacks. One sentence caught his attention: "As Mr. Bonds approaches the homerun record, we have been asked by Major League Baseball to carefully screen the signs that are brought into the ballpark by our fans."
You gotta love a good censorship story. MLB is doing such an awful job of handling everything with this case that this doesn't surprise me at all.

SILENCING ANGRY FANS (SF Chronicle)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:20 PM

4 Comments:

This doesn't really bother me. Whether the Diamondbacks or MLB are ultimately responsible, they are both owned companies. There aren't even any public shareholders.

I'm not sure why I should be shocked or offended that MLB is trying to prevent people from openly disparaging the product while on the premises of the company. If I bought a ticket to a movie theater and held up nine different big signs about how computer animation was ruining the purity of movies, I imagine I'd be asked to leave pretty quickly.

YL Adam said...
Jul 11, 2007, 3:15:00 PM  

I don't understand why it's so hard to carry a blank sign (or one that says "Hit it here!" on one side) into the park with some markers and then draw your intended message during batting practice or something to have it ready for the game. Though I guess those signs in the picture look pretty professionally done. Maybe nobody writes their own anymore?

- b said...
Jul 11, 2007, 3:35:00 PM  

Oh, and CG definitely isn't ruining the purity of movies. Transformers was pretty sweet.

- b said...
Jul 11, 2007, 3:39:00 PM  

You know, if MLB had balls, they would have this man killed KGB-style.

GMoney said...
Jul 11, 2007, 3:59:00 PM  

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