In one of the more satisfying outcomes of any sports weekend ever, the Los Angeles Dodgers honored the anti-Catholic group “The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” during their Pride night activities and suffered the worst home loss in 125 years. Coincidence? Probably, but that doesn’t make it any less hilarious.
The Dodgers stand six games over .500 and 4.0 games out of first place, but the stunning ineptitude surrounding the entire Pride weekend could dog the team as the season steams toward the All-Star Break.
The organization had initially invited the polarizing anti-Catholic group to be “honored” during their Pride night but backed off of the offer after pushback from California Catholic Diocese and political figures like Marco Rubio, who penned a scathing op-ed on the matter.
Subsequently, LGBTQ groups pushed back, and predictably the team bent a knee and re-invited the group. Since then, the protests and pushback from local religious groups and players as well has distracted the team and fractured the clubhouse.
Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw was one of the higher-profile players to air his issue with honoring the anti-Catholic group: “This has nothing to do with the LGBTQ community or Pride or anything like that. This is simply a group that was making fun of a religion, that I don’t agree with.”
Indeed, despite the rhetoric from the left, the protests both in the clubhouse and in the parking lot before the game weren’t about Pride or hatred; rather, it was people taking issue with a blasphemous group openly mocking God under the guise of satire.
Thousands showed up to protest the event on Friday, even though it appeared only hundreds showed up for the game. The turnout for the event and game was so sparse you can hear audible boos in the video when the “Sisters” are introduced.
DODGER STADIUM-The “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” are recognized for Pride night to a mostly empty audience.
Two Dodgers fan nearby begin loudly booing after they’re announced: pic.twitter.com/OO6NT5RIc8
— Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) June 17, 2023
The protest outside was peaceful and likely more entertaining than the Dodgers. One protester summed up the protest: “We’re just here, all the faiths are standing united. We’re very angry that the Dodgers invited this group that mocked our lord and savior Jesus Christ.”
Indeed, just another reminder to the Dodgers and to leftist critics that it isn’t about hatred or protesting Pride night but rather outrage at the antics of the Sisters.
While the protest and message can be considered a win for Pro-Catholic groups, that was the only winning taking place at Dodger Stadium over the weekend. The home team lost the Friday night game 7-5 in front of what looked to be 150 fans.
Saturday, things only got worse, as the Dodgers were walloped 15-0, marking the worst defeat since the William McKinley administration. The hits kept coming on Sunday, at least for the Giants, as they pulled out the brooms and swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles for only the sixth time since both teams relocated to California in 1958.
The whole debacle is a black eye for the Dodger brand and for Major League baseball in general. The team clearly rolled over and played dead for pride weekend. Whether their uninspired play and accompanying results were due to the distraction caused by the anti-Catholic group or the division in the clubhouse, something clearly wasn’t right at 1000 Vin Scully Avenue.
Perhaps it was divine intervention? God shows himself in unusual ways sometimes, and for Dodger fans, it doesn’t get more unusual than getting swept at home by the Giants. Either way, the end result is pretty sweet.
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