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Clayton Hill

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

I miss baseball. John-Paul missed the Miracle League this spring; I missed my Father's Day game at the "K" — the friendly faces at the parking lot directing me to special parking, the short wait in line to examine packages, the smiling help at the concession stands and the $9 beer, the pre-game lunch, the helpful game-day young women directing us to our seats, the KCMO finest watching over us while also enjoying baseball, standing and saluting for the National Anthem, the seventh-inning stretch and songs and yelling at umpires and razzing fellow fans rooting the opponent. We will also miss the St. Louis game on John-Paul's 21st birthday against the Cubs where he was looking forward to sharing his first beer with me. Missed all of this and more because a China-induced pandemic worldwide made worse by ongoing criminal and civil disorder.

Does a falling tree in a forest make noise if no one is there? Has MLB really started this year with no fans in the stands, with a doctor who does not know whether to mask or not, throws out the ceremonial "first pitch" down the first base line while wearing his Nationals mask with no one near him, and then takes it off in the stands adjacent to two others? I think the season is over before it starts if the BLM theme persists. MLB fans will not put up with the political and racial overtones, and if one really knows what is going on, BLM and Antifa are not about racial equality, fairness in government or any unifying objective. They are vehicles to destroy, separate and divide this nation. So, for me, MLB may very well go the way the NFL has years ago owners will soon find out as will players. So, be it baseball and nothing else, or I will pass time elsewhere. All these high-priced stars will have to find another line of work, and all the support staffs and employees will lose their livelihood along with the players.

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