In what proved to be a somewhat bittersweet moment, nearly 40,000 fans turned out Monday for the home opener of the Texas Rangers baseball team.
A sellout crowd of 38,238 filled the seats at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, to watch the home team play the Toronto Blue Jays, according to the team. The image of a full ballpark being quite a contrast to what has been the norm for sports events over the past year.
The packed stadium gives America a rare glimpse of what normal life once looked like, before COVID-19 emerged from China and dramatically changed every aspect of society.
The scene in Arlington marks the first full capacity major sports event in America since the country was first locked down just over a year ago, as one social media user noted in sharing video of a full house.
“The Texas #Rangers are currently the only team among all 4 major pro sports in America to allow full capacity,” the tweet added.
Below is the *first* full capacity crowd (40,000 people) at an American sports event since the #COVID19 pandemic hit. The Texas #Rangers are currently the only team among all 4 major pro sports in America to allow full capacity. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/cNcqd3mU0U
— Michael Bier (@_DTXMichael) April 5, 2021
The rest of the league is limiting attendance at games, with most teams reportedly limiting attendance to approximately 25 percent capacity, but the state of Texas has been at the forefront when it comes to fully reopening.
The Rangers asked fans to wear masks, and many did. Just as many, if not more, did not.
The liberal sports network ESPN shared images of the full capacity crowd — without condemning commentary.
A look at Globe Life Field where the Texas Rangers are currently playing in front of a full-capacity crowd of 40,000+ fans. pic.twitter.com/fh31UJUVMe
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 5, 2021
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order early last month lifting the mask mandate in Texas and removing restrictions on all businesses and facilities in the state.
“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” the governor said at the time. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent.”
Needless to say, the end result still “feels a little weird” to some:
Globe Life Field in Texas is jam-packed and it feels a little weird. #MLB #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/faRX15FDuB
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) April 5, 2021
Despite Texas being fully reopened, the Houston Astros are reportedly only allowing 50% capacity at Minute Maid Park for the month of April.
The liberal media predicted doom after Abbott’s order and President Joe Biden used the term “Neanderthal thinking” in calling the decision a “big mistake.”
Turns out, Texas hit a record low for COVID-19 cases three weeks after the move, as Abbott shared on Twitter last week.
Today the 7-day Covid positivity rate dropped to a new recorded low: 4.95%
Hospitalizations dropped to a 6 month low
This week we have 1 million 1st vaccines available
Everyone now qualifies for a shot. They are highly recommended to prevent getting Covid but always voluntary
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 28, 2021
While a full ballpark may be encouraging to some, it comes as Major League Baseball made the call to move the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new voting reform law.
In justifying the call, Commissioner Rob Manfred declared that MLB “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
Texas Rangers stadium is completely full. This is the first full pro stadium or arena since March of last year. Love to see it. #texasforever pic.twitter.com/zKkocDvc0b
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 5, 2021
Gov. Abbott opted not to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night due to the actions taken by MLB.
“It is shameful that America’s pastime is being influenced by partisan politics,” he tweeted.
I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers' home opening game until @MLB adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia's election law reforms.
It is shameful that America's pastime is being influenced by partisan politics. pic.twitter.com/pNJApYBHpw
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 5, 2021
The CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola also claimed the new law is too restrictive, but that is simply playing into the media-supported Democratic Party narrative that misrepresents a law intended to ensure voting integrity. A law that, in many ways, expanded voting opportunities.
Biden led the distortion, lying about the law in calling it “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.” A lie supported by MLB, which prompted many to boycott the league.
And that’s where the bitterness comes into play, a ballpark full of indifferent fans is a sure-fire way to ensure one-party rule in America.
As for the sell-out, it didn’t go over well for everyone as seen here:
Can you say super spreader and Covid cases and deaths due to this, probably so!
— Democracy Is Not Free! (@Truthtellers060) April 5, 2021
The only way I think that a stadium should be allowed to have max capacity right now is if everyone in attendance has proof of a vaccine or a negative Covid test
— 𝓚𝓪𝓷𝓮⚡️ (@LegionofZoomSZN) April 5, 2021
this is very disheartening and shows lack of respect for healthcare providers all around the world. I don’t need to be called a hero just get your vaccine and get moving. hopefully most of the people in that game are immune to #COVID19
— i\/an c|audi• (@ivanclaudio787) April 5, 2021
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