Atlanta Braves schedule a Ronald Reagan tribute

In case you haven’t noticed, Major League Baseball is gingerly dipping its big toe into political waters.

Three weeks ago, the MLB sponsored “Civil Rights Weekend,” which in Atlanta included a tribute to Hank Aaron. Festivities include an unscheduled condemnation from Mexico-born (and U.S. citizen) Carlos Santana, who criticized Georgia’s new illegal immigration law.

This afternoon, the Atlanta Braves announced that next Tuesday, Flag Day, will be a celebration of President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday: The first 10,000 fans to arrive at Turner Field will be presented with Reagan’s favorite treat — jelly beans.

The day will also feature this video tribute:

And instead of Ludacris, music will come courtesy of country singer Tim Dugger. And — oh, yeah – the New York Mets will provide nine (or more) innings of entertainment.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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The Goobernator

June 7th, 2011
4:13 pm

A helicopter will hover over the stadium during the National Anthem, so everyone can yell Reagan’s often used line,”What’s that I can’t hear you?’

SpaceyG on Twitter

June 7th, 2011
4:29 pm

Will there be Nancy-red uniforms by Halston, psychics and embarrassed adult children?! I am soooo there.

Shredding my ticket

June 7th, 2011
4:30 pm

Am I missing something? Is there a special connection that Ronald Regan has with the Braves, the City of Atlanta, or the State of Georgia? If so, I’d like to hear it.

Politics has no place in any PROFESSIONAL sport. Maybe that’s why Braves management feel that this is appropriate.

Why not do a tribute instead to the Georgia Soldiers, or Police Officers, or Firemen, or Teacher, or Nurses that deserve our appreciation and recognition?

The Braves threw a wild pitch on this one.


June 7th, 2011
4:30 pm

The Civil Rights tribute makes all the sense in the world – tho I think the Braves should have honored all of its early African American players, not just Hank Aaron. I understand that it would have been Reagan’s 100th birthday, but what on earth does he have to do with the Braves, Atlanta or Georgia, for that matter. Jim, please tell me what I’m missing…


June 7th, 2011
4:32 pm

PS – Goobernator and SpaceyG: I am literally laughing out loud. Thanks for that.


June 7th, 2011
4:37 pm

“No regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters.”
-Ronald Reagan


June 7th, 2011
4:41 pm

I didn’t really care for Reagan as a President or the White House administration for that matter. One thing I will say and I’m sure anyone 21 or over in the eigthies can attest to….most people had jobs and weren’t broke, the almighty dollar was very spendable and in demand. We had teased mall bangs and big full wallets and pocketbooks.

Shredding my ticket

June 7th, 2011
4:44 pm

@Ric Yeah, Ronald Regan said those very words about nine years before he granted amnesty to over a million illegals. And that was supposed to solve our illegal immigration problem.

Looks like another wild pitch to me.

Ad Naseum

June 7th, 2011
4:46 pm

@ Shredding

Bet you were fine with Senor Santana’s rant


June 7th, 2011
4:52 pm

I didn’t say I supported Ronald Reagan’s policies; I just liked the statement.
IRCA of 1986 was a failure because it was extremely short-sighted and left out the most important component of immigration reform: reasonable quotas and a pipeline for future legal immigration.

Shredding my ticket

June 7th, 2011
4:53 pm

@Ad Naseum You lose that bet. Where do I collect my winnings?

Shredding my ticket

June 7th, 2011
4:54 pm

@Ric Agreed. An additional reason for the huge failure of IRCA was that Regan didn’t fund securing our borders, thus leading us to where we are today with illegal immigration.

tom Houck

June 7th, 2011
5:00 pm

I’m calling Carlos Santana!


June 7th, 2011
5:12 pm

What am I missing?

How about focusing on finding some hitters.


June 7th, 2011
5:44 pm

Whoooooooa guys, this is the sports page, not Tucker, Bookman or Wingfield. People come here to insult each about sports.


June 7th, 2011
6:17 pm

It is only fair. I was NOT impressed with Civil Rights Weekend at the ball park.

steve from Dalton

June 7th, 2011
6:32 pm

It’s called Marketing, people. This will put butts in seats. Regan is still very popular and folks will want to be part of this. It will also give the jesse jackson types something to protest.

Alabama Communist

June 7th, 2011
6:46 pm

More Breaking News On Braves Honoring Dutch.. A spokensperson for the Atlanta Braves said today that the first 10,000 white Redneck Tea Party Republicans who come to the game will be given White Jelly Beans and a chance to bid on the Black Braves Players..

south georgia boy

June 7th, 2011
6:54 pm

I wish we had him as President now. The country would be better off and Osama Bin Laden would have been dead about nine years.


June 7th, 2011
7:08 pm

The way things are going, you might want to try to get the Gipper in the lineup.

Uncle Tom

June 7th, 2011
7:08 pm

All right! Next comes Lester Maddox Day! (For you youngsters out there, he was our segregationist guv-nuh back in the 60s who rode bicycles backwards.)


June 7th, 2011
7:22 pm

I suspect this has more to do with a theme for a promotion night than it does with politics. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

calm yourselves

June 7th, 2011
7:26 pm

People that lose it over stuff like this are funny. People really liked the guy. The DU- Huffpo crowd- really is a bunch of nuts. Just like the bible thumper that wants to tell me I cant buy beer on Sunday. And my neighbor- wants to quote Rush and Becks thoughts for me. Geeze.

Ur all nuts.When JFK or Bill Clinton get a birthday at the Ted I’ll same the same thing. People liked those guys.


June 7th, 2011
7:31 pm

In honor of Iran-Contra-Gate, the Braves will send a shipment of baseball bats to another team in exchange for additional players. Or maybe they will show sentimental montage on the JumboTron of how successful trickle down economics was at exploding the national debt. Or maybe a countdown of how many times he signed tax increases during his term.

calm yourselves

June 7th, 2011
7:44 pm

Check the writer Brent.

calm yourselves

June 7th, 2011
7:48 pm

Lets make a deal.The left gets to collect everyones money@ pass it out as they see fit. The right gets to force spiritual beliefs on everyone. Two wars each.


June 7th, 2011
8:15 pm

What the Hell did Reagan have to do with the Atlanta Braves? This is the Iran-Contra guy you know. How has that ‘trade’ worked out for the US?


June 7th, 2011
8:36 pm

Barack 0bama is too stupid to shine shoes without his teleprompter.

Politics aside, Ronald Reagan was a true LEADER as well as an inspiration what is good about America.



June 7th, 2011
8:40 pm


FYI: Ronald Reagan was a baseball radio play-by-play announcer before he got into acting.

As an actor, Reagan was famous for playing athletes which included the famous Grover Cleveland Alexander.

Also, for those of you baseball fans who aren’t too lazy & uneducated to get up of your 0bama-loving, welfare behinds and work for a living to be able to sit in the Club Level at Turner Field every so often, there are pictures of Ronald Reagan from his baseball movies there as well.



June 7th, 2011
8:42 pm

If you think President Obama is stupid, you are probably a product of the Georgia Educational System.

Brandt Hardin

June 7th, 2011
8:44 pm

Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind the television. Did he rid the world of commie scum? Check out my portrait of The Gipper in commemoration of his 100th birthday at


June 7th, 2011
8:56 pm

What a great promotion! This Braves season ticket holder will be calling my customer service rep for extra tickets to the Reagan Game.

“Obama” is the new racist codeword for “Dumb Mass.”

Coincidentally, “Obama” is also the new codeword for “Cheating on Your Unattractive Wife Michelle with a White MAN Named Larry Sinclair While High on Cocaine.” (Yep, that’s right. GOOGLE It, Girlfriends.)

Go, Braves!


June 7th, 2011
9:19 pm

Good for the Braves after Santana’s BS remark .

big hat

June 7th, 2011
9:51 pm

…and during the 7th inning stretch, there will be a mass drool-in.


June 7th, 2011
10:47 pm

Mr. Turner, tear down this hot dog stand!

Bill Orvis White

June 7th, 2011
11:15 pm

This warms my heart that President Reagan gets the treatment that he so deserves. It goes to show that the Gipper connects with the average Real American like me. This great man never needed that stupid Nobel Peace Prize even though he deserved it in the first place. Those stupid secular socialists can stuff it because President Reagan will be honored at a Real American ballgame.


E. Ruffin

June 8th, 2011
7:51 am

I agree 100% with Bill Orvis White. Ronald Reagan, our last decent President, deserves the honor.

[...] This should be interesting. [...]

Dick Cheney

June 8th, 2011
8:51 am

I’ll be there to throw out the first anti-gay joke…anyone up for a little quail shooting?


June 8th, 2011
9:30 am

Wish I could be there. The Gipper was the man.

[...] According to Jim Galloway, the Atlanta Braves will be honoring Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday on Flag Day next Tuesday (June 14th).  The first 10,000 fans will be getting President Reagan’s favorite treat: jelly beans. [...]

57 states

June 8th, 2011
9:59 am

Maybe Obama could do a 57 state tour and stop by. They could run his teleprompter through BravesVision so he doesn’t make us suffer through too many ums and ahs.

Dirty Dawg

June 8th, 2011
10:34 am

Things must be pretty desperate down on Hank Aaron Way for them to think that the 100th of man with questionable motives as President and that lied and cheated his way into the White House at the expense of a Favorite Son (check out their October Surprise), can draw a crowd. Then again, knowing it’s Georgia it’ll probably work great.

By the way, whatayabet that Jimmy and Rosalynn won’t be in attendance?


June 8th, 2011
5:59 pm

And in keeping with Ronald Reagan’s legacy, ketchup will be sold as a vegetable and taxes (in this case, on concessions) will be raised over 20 separate times.


June 8th, 2011
9:44 pm

Turner Field made us take down a sign that says “Immigrants Rights Are Civil Rights” on Civil Rights Day, but now they want to devote a freaking game to Ronald Reagan? This Braves fan is disgusted.

John S.

June 8th, 2011
10:08 pm

Anyone remember Ernest T. Bass Day in the late 80s? This is about the same.

John S.

June 8th, 2011
10:09 pm

Excuse me. Ernest T. Worrell Day.

John S.

June 8th, 2011
10:14 pm

Know what I mean, Vern?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 9th, 2011
8:10 am

That’s one game I won’t be attending and National Airport is National Airport. Reagan dodged WWII and lied about dying his hair…thank you doctors at the hospital where his brain surgery was done for making him leave looking like the two-tone lying clown he was. Established diplomatic relations with the Vatican after going to Bitburg cemetery. G-d is not mocked: Reagan’s line is cut-off. He was a fake and a fraud palmed off on Our Nation by the fascist faction which financed Hitler from their American collection plates which killed John Kennedy to send us to Vietnam, and treasonously violated the Boland Amendment to shore up Latin America’s slave plantation owners (the Contras).

Poor marketing choice, Bravos.

Go Braves!