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'Safety First' Gives Us a New Low in Baseball -- and American -- History

45,971 empty chairs

45,971 empty chairs

The Leftist obsession with “safety” above all is not only unmanly, cowardly and disgraceful — if they had been in charge in the 19th century, Americans never would have pushed past the Appalachians, much less the Mississippi — it’s also disheartening. To this we’ve come:

 In Baltimore, game at Orioles’ locked stadium is safe, serene — and sad

It was, by design, the safest and most serene baseball game in major league history. It was also quite possibly the saddest. When the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday at a locked Camden Yards in riot-torn Baltimore, the word “empty” described more than the stands.

Much like the Obama administration…

Against a backdrop of thousands of vacant green chairs, amid such a deep silence that diving catches sounded like strikeouts, it was an afternoon filled with empty. The game, an 8-2 Orioles victory played in barely two hours by unsettled guys who hurried through their hacks, felt meaningless.

Much like the Obama administration…

The mood, marked by the thunk of foul balls rattling off folded seats and rolling around untouched, felt morose.

Much like the Obama administration…

It was only a baseball game, but sports events are part of the national sports fabric that traditionally binds the diverse economic and ethnic corners of this country. Games have always connected people, not kept them apart. Games are traditionally where unsettled communities find their collective voice, not where they are forced into silence.

Did somebody say “forced into silence”? Was that Lois Lerner?

“It was just a surreal environment,” White Sox Manager Robin Ventura told reporters afterward. “I really don’t think we want to play in another one like this. I don’t think they do, either.”

I don’t think America wants to go through another administration like this, either. Who knew that Leftism could even kill the national pastime? Clint Eastwood’s “empty chair” routine has a whole new meaning now.