For all the cries of “stick to sports” from those who view athletic events as a respite from the world of politics, even the hardliners must admit it’s getting hard to separate the two.
It’s especially hard to avoid combining state and sports when fans are openly campaigning at the ballpark.
Look no further than Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Sometime around the eighth inning, fans in right field unfurled a large banner advocating for the re-election of Donald Trump for president in 2020.
Not even baseball is devoid of politics now. Trump 2020 sign unfurled at the Yankee game during the 8th inning pic.twitter.com/6AAyT6pOBM
Granted, the midterm elections haven’t occurred yet, so it’s hard to think past this year, but the Yankees should really focus on getting to October before they set their sights on November.
With Aaron Judge on the disabled list, and New York still five games back of the Red Sox in the American League East, it’d be silly to start looking looking this far ahead. The trade deadline hasn’t even passed yet. And August is always a tough stretch with every contending team searching high and low for momentum.
There hasn’t been any word on the fans who brought the banner to the game or how long it was allowed to stay up. With Donald Trump having won just 5 percent of the vote in The Bronx in the 2016 election, the more curious question here is how did the banner make it into Yankee Stadium at all?
Donald Trump at sporting events
Donald Trump at sporting events
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Real estate magnate Donald Trump and girlfriend, model Melania Knauss, take in game between the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31: Donald Trump sits courtside at the New Jersey Nets and the Chicago Bulls game at the Izod Center on October 31, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13: Donald Trump meets with Tusgeegee Airmen when he attends the New England Patriots Vs New York Jets game at the MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Donald Trump attends the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns NBA playoff game on April 26, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images).
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 2000: Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs talking to Donald Trump in the dugout prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox in July 2000 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
BOSTON - AUGUST 18: Donald Trump waves to the crowd before throwing out the first pitch to benefit the Jimmy Fund at Fenway Park in Boston on Aug. 18, 2006. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 5, 1991: Actor Elliott Gould, left, is seen next to Donald Trump and Marla Maples at courtside during the New York Knicks game against the Phoenix Suns on March 5, 1991 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1991 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 08: Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump share a kiss during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets on July 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 5-4. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 04: Donald Trump and wife Melania, who's expecting their first child, attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. The Wizards won, 86-75. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Donald Trump flashes a victory sign as the New York Mets play the Boston Red Sox at Shea Stadium. Despite the encouragement, the Mets lost to the Red Sox, 3-1. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: TV personality Donald Trump, wearing red tie, attends a basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks on March 26, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)