Friday marked the first time in eighteen months that a live audience was permitted to attend a Major League Baseball game at Los Angeles’s Dodger Stadium. But as a reduced-capacity crowd of more than 15,000 people congregated at the afternoon home opener to celebrate the franchise’s World Series championship from last season, many in attendance took the opportunity to express discontent for Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“For more than a year, we’ve been warned that singing, chanting and yelling is best avoided, for fear of exhaling virus-carrying droplets. On Friday, thousands of fans at Dodger Stadium exhaled loudly, booing Garcetti as if he were Chase Utley in New York,” reported the Los Angeles Times.
Fox News also reported: “Garcetti was on hand for the ceremony commemorating the Dodgers’ victory in the World Series last fall.” The outlet went on: “When the mayor was introduced as the team prepared to raise its championship banner at Dodger Stadium, fans responded with jeers.”
FOX 11 reporter Bill Melugin amplified footage of the crowd’s reaction on social media, tweeting: “Garcetti got booed bigtime.”
Garcetti was introduced over the public address system prior to the championship banner being raised, along with Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, Dodgers Spanish language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, former tennis star Billie King, and Dodgers co-owners Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who led the L.A. Lakers to five championships.
The Wrap noted: “Garcetti was wearing a Dodger-themed face mask when his name was announced, so his reaction to the booing wasn’t totally discernible, but he carried on waving and clapping like any seasoned politician would.”
People’s City Council – L.A., an activist alliance convened by Black Lives Matter, also shared video of the shameful moment, “Los Angeles f*cking hates you, Eric.”
Another Twitter user posted: “Hearing Garcetti booed today makes me wonder if we’re not all miserable together here.”
The Daily Wire reported:
In addition to raising the banner, the Dodgers received their World Series rings during the pregame festivities, recognizing the team’s first title in more than three decades. The Times reported that the franchise also paid tribute to Tommy Lasorda, the legendary Dodgers manager who died of a heart attack on January 7.
Los Angeles went on to defeat the Washington Nationals 1-0 on Friday, improving to 6-2 and remaining at the top of the National League West standings.
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Garcetti and embattled Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom have faced widespread scrutiny over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Critics have argued that some of the strict guidelines enacted during the pandemic were ineffective and hurt local businesses.
Garcetti isn’t the only politician who has contended with rowdy fans in recent days. Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot were booed while taking the field at the Chicago White Sox home opener on Thursday night.
Commentator Elijah Schaffer tweeted: “Lightfoot & Pritzker booed at the White Sox home game….Eric Garcetti booed at the Dodgers home game Biden booed at the Super Bowl….They know anyone who loves this country and wants to see it restored to its former beauty/strength hates them vehemently…Tyrants, all of them.”