Remember when baseball brought a country together?

by Cameron Coyle

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Growing up there was the classic jingle from the mid-1970s that was whole-heartedly American: “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.”

At that time, we could all agree that those were staples of American society with a made-in-the-USA mantra. Who knows what’s “American” any longer, or what even remotely unifies Americans?

Baseball is boring.

Hot dogs are processed meat products that disgust our vegan culture.

Apple pie has been passed over by the popularity of pumpkin, and Dear God why would someone purchase a combustion-engine vehicle when you can now drive a Tesla.

Game 5 of the World Series clearly exemplified just how contempt America has become in a very diverse society.

The resentment and indignation in this country is greater now than at any other moment in our country’s history, including during the contentious period of the American Revolution.

Should we have expected anything less when President Trump was introduced during Game 5 of the first World Series played in our Nation’s Capital since 1933, which came during the Great Depression?

Now we’re experiencing one of the most prosperous periods of economic equality we’ve ever witnessed and yet we showed the rest of the World who and what we’ve become as a nation Sunday night.

Someone on social media acknowledged that Adolf Hitler received a warmer reception at the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany.

Donald Trump is the enemy of the Deep State and a people representative of iron-fisted government.

Washington D.C. has never voted for a Republican President…ever. 

In fact, Trump picked up just 4 percent of the vote in the 2016 election, so there’s no stadium in America where he could have more disliked. The surrounding D.C. suburbs have become so Democratic it’s like spilling blue ink on a white shirt and watching the stain spread throughout the rest of the fabric. 

Maryland is deeply Democratic and most of Virginia is aligning with the party as well, and since the Election of 2016 Congressional Democrats have spent every waking day trying to devise a way to impeach the President.

The vast majority of those who attended Game 5 at Nationals Park were unquestionably comprised of the Washington’s elite. 

While the chorus of “Lock him up” chants were eerily similar to the “Lock her up” cries heard at a Trump rally, it simply goes to show there’s always a new low Americans are willing to go.

At least, Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe called it out for what it was – another dark moment that we as Americans should be ashamed of.

It’s sad, disappointing and almost irreverent that a President – whether you disagree with politics or his policies – no longer feels safe to throw out a first pitch which Trump has yet to do in his three years in the White House. The last time came in 2016 at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and Yankees, baseball’s most bitter rivalry that looks more like a quarrel between neighbors compared to what we’re witnessing now.

Trump said it was his decision to not throw out the first pitch, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred echoed that statement. The President was well aware the backlash would be severe, which is why he elected to arrive well after Game 5 had already started. 

But even after the boos and chants the Anti-Trumpers were still relentless in their attacks. This time going after Trump’s youngest son Barron and why he wasn’t in attendance with his father and mother.

Who knows what obscenities fans screamed at the President that wasn’t caught on camera? 

Perhaps Barron had no interest in attending a baseball game, or Melania defiantly refused to allow her son to attend. Regardless what concerned parent would have ever subjected a child to this type of behavior?

Baseball and America were once intertwined into American culture, but the sport is on a rapid and sharp decline much like American patriotism, and you have to wonder if and when either will bring society back together again.

One of the proudest moments in American history came back on May 1, 2011 when news surfaced of the death of Osama Bin Laden around Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park in a game between the Phillies and Mets.  

Chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” filled the stadium. As a country, we felt united for one moment in time.

Ironically, Game 5 came on the same day that news surfaced of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed Saturday in a U.S.-led raid in northwestern Syria.

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s No. 1 terrorist leader to justice,” Trump said in a news conference.

However, the sad reality is that a large portion of this country sees the person delivering that speech as a much greater terror threat to the American way of life. With that in mind, how could we ever go back to who we once were?

Baseball in America once found a way to bring a country together.  

Now it’s just coming apart at the seams.