For the second year in a row, the Toronto Blue Jays have made it to the American League Championship series. But not everyone is happy about this.
The Blue Jays’ opponents in the series have offended the Ontario Human Right’s Commission. I know what you’re thinking – “That doesn’t take much” – but they’re trying to enforce their virtue signalling on broadcasters.
Why? Well, because the Blue Jays are set to play the Cleveland Indians. And many social justice warriors want Cleveland to change their name and logo.
So the Ontario Human Rights Commission thinks broadcasters should just call them the “Cleveland Baseball Club” all series long.
Even politicians weighed in. Former one-term premier of Ontario turned federal Liberal Bob Rae tweeted: “Cleveland’s name and logo for their baseball team is so bad we need to beat them for that reason alone. Offensive stereotype."
But in fact, the team’s name and mascot was chosen to honour the first Native American to ever play major league baseball, Chief Louis Sockalexis.
History and tradition matter to sports fans, and the Indians are no exception.