Since the Major League Baseball All-Star game, this blog has taken a lot of flack for our (my) criticism of the protest at the game over the decision by Major League Baseball to play the 2011 game in Arizona.Â We’ve been beaten up for criticizing the sheer numbers of protestors by OC Weekly, how much parking was, whether or not 100,000 signatures was significant or not, and questions regarding our support of the Dream Act students and comprehensive immigration reform.
Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:13 PM
No, the Register got its talking points from the Liberal OC!
Now I’m sure Gustavo meant this as some form of a joke, but perhaps he’s taking accuracy lessons from the publisher of the OJ blog.
The Monday before the All-Star game, the Los Angeles Times ran a story about the successful FanFest at the DisneyLand Resort. The story featured a terrific photo of Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero and his son, recreating a highlight from a previous World Series.Â The paper never mentioned the Councilman in the story and never identified him as a Santa Ana council member (and I’m sure it’s a photo and a moment the Tinajero family will remember for quite some time).
As a member of the Santa Ana city council, Councilman Tinajero has spoken out against SB1070, Arizona’s controversial new anti-immigration law, and voted with other members of the Santa Ana city council to condemn it.Â And since Councilman Tinajero is a big baseball fan (a season’s ticket holder ot the Angels), I wrote him to ask about the petition presented to Bud Selig, the protesters at the game and whether or not his attendance at the game might be considered counter to the efforts of the protesters.
“I was never approached or witnessed anyone asking for signatures (for the petition),” said Tinajero. “If someone had approached me then of course I would have signed it.Â Â I don’t believe the game should be played in Arizona and that is why my family and I will not be attending Spring Training this year.”
Whe I asked about the protestors, whom I saw ringing the perimeter of the stadium and in force in front of the stadium, Councilman Tinajero said he didn’t see them.
“I didn’t hear people were protesting this year’s game,” he said.Â “I spent a wonderful day with my son in fact it is a day he and I will remember forever.”
And I’ll add it was a day my son and I will remember forever too. The Councilman and I also agree that the Lobster Rolls were the bomb at the game.Â Now Councilman Tinajero would certainly have gone to those protesters to show his support of their efforts.
Â Now if someone like Councilman Tinajero, who has a well documented record of supporting immigration reform and being on the record against SB1070, didn’t see any Latinos protesting at the All-Star game and was unaware of the protest itself, it reinforces our position that the protest was poorly organized and had little impact.Â Pretty it up all you want, but facts are facts.
And that’s not something we like at all because we believe in comprehensive immigration reform is something that needs to happen in this country.