Tolerance and Your Toronto Blue Jays

Though a far cry from writing a gay slur on your face, Marcus Stroman’s joy at receiving a Chick-Fil-A gift card for his birthday seems like the last thing the Jays want an already suspended player expressing his political views about at this time. Toronto is likely one of the most progressive city in the league and alienating the supporters of the LGBT community is likely not the marketing strategy that the brass had in mind in 2012. It isn’t quite on the level of Ozzie Guillen starting the Castro Bros. Fan Club in Miami either, but perhaps the Jays should be providing sensitivity/media training starting at the time contracts are signed.

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2 thoughts on “Tolerance and Your Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Minor Leaguer

    I don’t see anything wrong with that tweet. Numerous players, Blue Jays or otherwise, have tweeted about liking Chick-fil-a. I, as a progressive Torontonian, like Chick-fil-a and wish they would move into Canada. I disagree with the corporation’s choices to donate to organizations that are against marriage equality, but I believe in the corporation’s fundamental right to make donations to whomever it wishes. If you decide to boycott the corporation to make a stand then that’s absolutely fine too as it is your fundamental right to protest. However you must also respect other people’s right to eat where they want. Someone’s simple statement of their love for Chick-fil-a is not a “political view” against marriage equality or minority rights.

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    1. mikefuji Post author

      I fully support both Chick-Fil-A’s right to donate as it sees fit and for Marcus Stroman to support Chick-Fil-A either for their chicken or the political views of their CEO. I just feel like with the Yunel incident, he could have chosen a better time to express that support because of how it could be perceived. Though I agree liking Chick-Fil-A is not equal to being against marriage equality, it can very easily be seen that way because of recent events and this could be bad marketing as the Jays attempt to build their following.

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