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article imagePeople protest 2011 MLB All Star Game in Arizona

By Michael Bearak     Jul 13, 2010 in Politics
Major League Baseball has found itself thrust into the political circle with the fact that the 2011 All Star game will be held in Arizona, the center of a heated debate of illegal immigration.
The All Star game is Tuesday night and it will determine who has home field advantage during the World Series, with the American League winning the last 12 of 13. The one series they didn't win ended in a 7-7 tie in which both teams exhausted their players and the commissioner ended the game amid much frustration of players and fans alike.
This year in Anaheim, California that same commissioner, Bud Selig is once again feeling the heat, it isn't just from the California summer. Major League Baseball has announced that they play to hold their annual All Star game in 2011 in Phoenix Arizona and the league is already hearing from both players and fans in protest of holding the game there.
Roberto Lovato, who is part of a group called Movethegame.org actually showed up with a petition to give to Selig requesting the game be moved. Lovato showed up at the Anaheim Marriott to give Selig 110,000 petitions according to Fox News. He was turned away be security and claims the league wouldn't even send down a representative to meet with them. Just the same Lovato said that he and his group members of Presente.org would be out in full force at Tuesday night's All Star game.
A number of the leagues players have come spoke out about either the law or the game being held in Arizona, Most notably was Albert Pujols, who was born in the Dominican Republic, and has spoken out against the law, but had no comment about Selig's decision to have the All Star game in Arizona. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, a native of Mexico told the Arizona Republic, "If the game is in Arizona, I will totally boycott."
On the opposite note though the head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa was quoted as saying, "I'm actually a supporter of what Arizona's doing. ... The national government doesn't fix your problem, and you've got a problem, they've got to take care of it themselves." The league is not solid in its stance one way or another. Even teams are somewhat divided as evident by La Russa and Pujols who are both part of the St. Louis franchise.
The All Star game is a year off and just last week the federal government filed a law suit in an effort to stop the bill from taking effect. There is obviously a lot of road to cover between Tuesday night's All Star game and the one scheduled to take place in Arizona in 2011.
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