Rivals

Democrat starting pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of last night’s game against the Republicans for having a foreign substance on his neck. The Republicans went on to beat the Democrats 5-1. Also yesterday, the Yankees in Georgia significantly expanded gun rights to the ire of Red Sox fans.

Wait a moment, I got that wrong.

The political climate in today’s America between those on the Left, the MSNBC-ers, and those on the Right, the Fox News-ers, pretty much mirrors the way rivalry sports fans feel about each other. When there’s a close play at the plate, fans of one team know for certain the call must go their way; while fans of the other team know for certain the call must go their way.

Republicans know Democrats are hateful, stupid, cheating liars. Democrats know Republicans are hateful, stupid, cheating liars.

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Truth is, there’s a lot more upon which Republicans and Democrats, and Yankees and Red Sox fans, agree than disagree. We all want a drink when we’re thirsty. We all want to eat when we’re hungry. When we buy something, we all want to get the best deal. We all strive, not always successfully, to be good, honest, fair people. We all want what we think is best for our country. We all love our families. There are thousands more things I could cite, but I hope I’ve made my point.

Republicans and Democrats both love the game of baseball. Yankees fans and Red Sox fans both love our country. Maybe that’s where we should start the conversation.