Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has declined to throw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opener and declined to participate in any Major League Baseball (MLB) events after the league announced plans to relocate their All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s newly passed election integrity law.
“Major League Baseball adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia, and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star game from Atlanta,” Abbott said in a statement. . .
I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers' home opening game until @MLB adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia's election law reforms.
It is shameful that America's pastime is being influenced by partisan politics. pic.twitter.com/pNJApYBHpw
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 5, 2021
Perhaps even more importantly, Abbott said he would “not participate” in any MLB events. Nor will the state of Texas offer to host the MLB All-Star Game “or any other MLB events.”
The MLB relocating from Atlanta is projected to cost the city as much as $190 million in revenue, hurting Atlanta’s majority black population that is just overcoming the Chinese pandemic. (Read more from “Texas Governor Boycotts MLB: Declines To Throw First Pitch After League Pulls All-star Game From Atlanta” HERE)