Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. gave the Yankees a serious Bronx cheer after the hometown favorites picked President Trump to throw out the first pitch of the much-delayed baseball season.
Diaz said he was “shocked and outraged” by the selection of Trump, who he said bungled the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that’s claimed thousands of Bronx lives.
“We all deserve better than a careless Major League Baseball organization that consistently ignores the surrounding community while pandering to an unapologetic white supremacist like Donald Trump,” Diaz said Friday night.
The Bombers are set to start their home season on Aug. 15. They won 4-1 in a rain-shortened road opener with the Nationals in Washington D.C.
Neither Trump nor the Yankees immediately responded to Diaz, who urged Bronx fans to continue rooting for their home team despite the controversial move.
Diaz accused the Yankees of brazen hypocrisy for issuing a statement supporting Black Lives Matter a couple of weeks ago and then giving a platform to Trump.
“They are blatantly demonstrating that their pronouncements are cynical and devoid of genuine meaning,” Diaz said.
He impishly suggested the Bombers could make it up to fans by painting Black Lives Matter on the side of Yankee Stadium, just like outside Trump Tower.
Fortunately for Trump, the game will be played in an empty stadium, allowing the beleaguered president to avoid being serenaded by boo birds.
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