The Chicago Cubs played the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday at Wrigley Field and the game drew a few dozen protesters upset over Arizona's new immigration law they fear will result in racial profiling of Latinos.
They are calling for a boycott of Arizona and upset the owner of the Diamondbacks has donated to Republicans.
"Although D-backs' Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick has donated to Republican political candidates in the past ... Kendrick personally opposes State Bill 1070," the team said in statement, according to the Associated Press. "The D-backs have never supported State Bill 1070 and have never taken political stances."
Diamondbacks Managing Partner Ken Kendrick opposes Arizona's new immigration law, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
There also are calls for Major League Baseball to pull the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix because of the law. And depending on how long this controversy lasts the Cubs and other teams will face pressure about spring training in Arizona.
You may wonder if it makes sense to mix sports and politics. Some people want to keep them as separate as church and state.
But can we really do that?
The politicians who passed this bill should have thought through the economic ramifications and the ripple effect it would have nationwide.
The fact is baseball is part of the American culture and that now includes Latinos.
Around one-quarter of the baseball players in the major leagues are Latino, according to an article in USA Today. Many of them come from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
(By the way, Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and the residents there are U.S. citizens.)
Just take a look at the Cubs roster for the list of Latino players.
Imagine if one of them got pulled over by police in Arizona.
Maybe police would recognize their famous faces and not ask them for proof of U.S. citizenship or residency.
If they are dark-skinned or have an accent, they could be "reasonably suspicious," which is grounds to investigate someone's legal status under the new law.
To me that is not the American way.
Arizona really struck out with this law.