The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the best-run organizations in baseball. In a highly-competitive league, where a team can win a World Series one year and be at the bottom of their division just a couple years later (I’m looking at you, Washington Nationals), the Dodgers have been at the top of their division for more than a decade.
Yet recently this same organization demonstrated exactly how to give themselves a PR nightmare while also revealing the power of the Alphabet Mafia.
June is approaching, so of course most large corporations, which includes sports teams, need to determine how they will pay their protection money to the Alphabet Mafia. Corporate execs know that they must at least give lip service to the LGBTQ+ crowd else they face its wrath. Most baseball teams now host Pride Nights in which they celebrate sin to keep out of trouble on social media.
Orthodox. Faithful. Free.
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The Dodgers wanted to use Pride Night to also “honor” various LGBTQ+ groups, and one of the groups they picked out was the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The name alone should instruct the ignorant that this is a vile anti-Catholic organization. But the SPI are far worse than a normal person could even imagine. I can’t even describe their activities, but suffice it to say that they originate in the pits of Hell.
When the Dodgers’ decision was announced, many Catholics protested, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio. To their credit, the Dodgers rescinded their invitation to the blasphemous “Sisters,” and Catholics could at least have one small victory in the battle against the Alphabet Mafia.
Not so fast.
Yesterday, the Dodgers flip-flopped from their original flip-flop. They re-invited the anti-Catholic “Sisters,” stating, “[we] offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families”. Read the full statement, it reads like a hostage letter:
After the Bud Light debacle, some might wonder why the Dodgers would want to alienate those who follow the world’s largest religion. After all, that’s bad business. However, there are a couple reasons this is different than the Bud Light situation. First, most people will never know how evil the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are. They will accept at face value the description of them as doing “lifesaving work” and will assume they are just an oddly-named charity, not an organization founded on blasphemy and degenerate behavior. That’s different from putting a guy in makeup in your face and making you say he’s a girl.
But the economics of baseball also come into play here. Unlike football or even basketball, baseball is very much a regional support. The vast majority of a team’s revenue comes from the local economy, and a large chunk of that revenue comes from luxury boxes at the stadium, which are usually bought by local corporations. These boxes give companies an opportunity to impress potential clients and reward employees.
So in a city like Cincinnati, the luxury boxes will be owned by local companies such as Proctor & Gamble and Kroger. But what type of companies dominate Los Angeles? You can bet that Hollywood and other woke sectors are big customers of the Dodgers, and they likely put major pressure on the team to rescind their rescinded invitation.
This is why “Go Woke, Go Broke” isn’t always the case. With Bud Light, you had a company spitting directly in the face of its core customer base. Further, it was easy to boycott, as there are many alternatives to Bud Light available. But it’s not like most people in America were going to attend a Dodgers game this year anyway, and even if a few Catholics in LA decide to boycott the team, the real money is coming from those who support their decision.
Ultimately, the problem is deeper than boycotts alone can solve. The reason the Dodgers can honor an anti-Catholic organization is due to the weakness of the Church in America. The Church has lost her moral standing in the eyes of most people, and so a group that mocks our faith isn’t seen as extreme anymore. While we should fight against these attacks, we won’t truly change the culture until the Church once again boldly stands for traditional morality without compromise.