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Immigration protesters descend on Nationals Park


(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)


For at least the second time this summer, protesters descended on Nats Park on Sunday to urge baseball to move the 2011 All-Star game out of Phoenix because of the state's immigration policies. The AP account says about three dozen people protested outside the stadium before the game, though more striking were the four folks who made it onto the field. I'll let the AP tell the story:

A man emerged from the left-field stands in the fifth inning and ran into short right field after Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg grounded to short for the first out. As security guards were about to subdue the man, a woman ran onto the field from the right-field seats.

The two ran around the field, meeting in deep right-center, before they were caught by security. As they were being escorted from the field, a man and a woman holding a banner protesting the All-Star Game in Arizona ran into right field.

Though I'm pretty sure the latter two protesters were both women. The game was delayed for a few minutes, while everyone whipped out their cell phones to take video and make taser jokes. And if you're going to waste battery life taking video of immigration protesters disputing an Arizona state law during a baseball game in D.C., you might as well get your battery's worth by having one of the security guards fall down while trying to grab a banner. See below, via Casual Hoya.

As for the players, at least one wasn't amused. Here's Tyler Clippard, via Nationals.com's Bill Ladson:

"It looked like it was choreographed a little bit. One guy ran out. He was trying to deke out the security guys, and then a couple of more people came out on the field.

"It is unfortunate. It's kind of ridiculous to me if people feel like a baseball game is grounds to kind of do a protest or whatever they were trying to do. I'm not really sure. It's really not the smartest thing to do. They are probably sitting in a jail cell right now, and they really didn't accomplish anything."

I guess that depends on whether you consider starring in a post on the D.C. Sports Bog an accomplishment. Plus, at least they got to see a Stephen Strasburg start. Had they gone on Saturday, they'd no doubt have stormed the field to protest Jason Marquis.




(By Ann Heisenfelt - AP)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 15, 2010; 8:52 PM ET
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Comments

Stupid hippies. Shoulda gotten tazed. At least then the crowd could have cheered. Glad to see the league isn't giving into these morons. Keep the game in AZ.

Posted by: JDP_ | August 15, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

As much as I support their cause. Not a believer in running onto the ball field for your point... then again they have gotten more press then most the war protests I went to back in the day.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Good for them. Marquis should be tazed for his 14.00 ERA and Rizzo tazed for signing him to a $15M-plus two-year contract. Clippard is a moron for not knowing what they were protesting -- protests had been planned for this weekend at Nats Park ever since Gov. Brewer signed the bill into law a couple months ago. This particular protest against SB 1070 is getting lots of press, so I think the four folks running onto the field served its purpose.

Posted by: HonestBroker1 | August 15, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

HonestBroker1,

I agree it helped get press, but I had a long discussion a few years back with the great Ralph Nader about how getting arrested for "the cause" has lost its effectiveness.

Problem is we activists, regardless of cause have played that card enough where one can call it passe. Back in the early days it was still shocking to see some one do something to get arrested.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I would be a great, great deal not a one of them read the bill either. All you need to do to read that bill is Google Arizona Immigration Law. At the same time.. why would they when the President and the head of ICE didn't read it either.

Posted by: joelwisch | August 15, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

They can protest all they want, just don't do it during a baseball game.

Posted by: JDP_ | August 15, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Who ever was saying they should have tazed those people you obviously don't know what they are protesting for. Although they got arrested they did it for a good reason, they want to bring the all star game to dc. Learn your facts first. Plus what Hispanics are doing for themselves is amazing. They are standing up for themselves. Just as there motto went for a protest; "We are here and we aren't going anywhere." and that's damn right. I'm pround of my people and this will show we are stronger then you ignorant prejudice people.

Posted by: Gladysp24 | August 15, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

"Who ever was saying they should have tazed those people you obviously don't know what they are protesting for. Although they got arrested they did it for a good reason, they want to bring the all star game to dc. Learn your facts first. Plus what Hispanics are doing for themselves is amazing. They are standing up for themselves. Just as there motto went for a protest; "We are here and we aren't going anywhere." and that's damn right. I'm pround of my people and this will show we are stronger then you ignorant prejudice people."

Me wanting the law enforced is not prejudiced, racist, or whatever else you dare call it. Your rant tells me that you're the ignorant one. You have a blatent disregard for the laws of this land. Crossing the bortder ilegally, is not noble and shouldn't be rewarded.

Posted by: JDB1 | August 15, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

JDB,
Depends on what laws you want enforced. IF you want All the laws enforced, you better be willing to live with the consequences. Whole lot of criminals running the country, and if the law were put into full effect well you would probably have 1/2 the country in jail.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

JDP_,

Umm, the protesters don't want Arizona to host the 2011 MLB All-Star game because of SB 1070. The Nats were playing the D-Backs, which play their home games at the stadium slated to host the 2011 MLB All-Star. Plus, the owner of the D-Backs, Ken Kendrick, is a major contributor to Arizona's Republican party, which pushed through SB 1070. So, it would seem that a baseball game, particularly this game against Kendrick's D-Backs, would be the perfect venue to demonstrate one's opposition to the 2011 MLB All-Star game being held in Arizona.

Posted by: HonestBroker1 | August 15, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

JDP, If you 100% believe AZ has a right to be awarded an All Star Game after proposing such a demeaning law then you're wrong.

And JDB1, you want to talk about laws of this land, then you're saying it's ok to judge people by their looks or color of their skin whether they are US citizens or not. Who's really the ignorant here?

Posted by: big_game_lannan | August 15, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh please.... You're the ignorant one for saying those people should get tazed. Look the only true citizens of the USA are native Americans so if you aren't a full native American then guess what bud your an immigrant as well. I'm a citizen and was born here but get something through your head; " get your facts first and you can distort them as you please" as mark twain said. But just as racism with African Americans decreased so will the whole deal with immigration because we are the main race that make America what it is. Plus think of it this way.... America runs to Mexico every time they need something with labor.

Posted by: Gladysp24 | August 15, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

big_game_lannan
Thank you!

Posted by: Gladysp24 | August 15, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow... The stupidity in this thread is more painful than a PooperScooper post...

Posted by: CapsNut | August 16, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

That's the saddest Nats Fail yet. What with the runners to distract the guards, I wish they'd managed to at least get the banner out straight.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 16, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

When I do finally decide to run on a baseball field I pray that the picture taken of me (if one is taken) is not as fruity looking as the guy in picture 3.

Posted by: fushezzi | August 16, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

now you just need somebody in a brandon banks jersey to run on the field, deke the security guards and do the john wall dance in celebration.

Posted by: eggitmon | August 16, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The security guard that fell gets a pass. He was trying to grab two at the same time... The problem is not keeping the illegals out. The problem is the hatred that white folks have for legitimate US Hispanic-American citizens. Running onto a baseball doesn't help much, though. It will be more interesting to see that all the Latin baseball all-stars do next summer. And, by the way, they didn't look like hippies to me. If they were hippies, they would have had long hair and gone around saying, "groovy."

Posted by: mmck | August 16, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The security guard that fell gets a pass. He was trying to grab two at the same time... The problem is not keeping the illegals out. The problem is the hatred that white folks have for legitimate US Hispanic-American citizens. Running onto a baseball field doesn't help much, though. It will be more interesting to see what all the Latin baseball all-stars do next summer. And, by the way, they didn't look like hippies to me. If they were hippies, they would have had long hair and gone around saying, "groovy." (I gotta learn to proof read before I press the button...)

Posted by: mmck | August 16, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Nothing more entertaining than seeing crying liberal hippies as they get dragged away to jail - whatever the event. When they pull childish stunts like these, it turns people against the cause they're trying to support. But in reality, these losers don't care what they're protesting...it's just a reason to re-live the 60s era, even if they're only 23 years old (and for the guy in red, a fan of figure skating).

But I guess these dorks are better than the drunk trash that Philly welcomes to its home games!! We need to adopt a pro-Taser policy though.

Posted by: Section104 | August 16, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Tell you what. Let's deport these clowns and let three illegal aliens stay in their places.

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Stupid hippies. Stay off the field. And MLB needs to keep the all-star game in AZ and not give in to these moronic comments above about alleged racism or other nonsense.

Posted by: calhokie | August 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

If you want to protest "racist" immigration laws, you should try going to Mexico City and protesting their laws:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/03/mexicos-illegals-laws-tougher-than-arizonas/

Posted by: ajian1 | August 16, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

If we didn't have so many ignorant bigots in this country supporting this hateful law, we wouldn't need to have our baseball games interrupted. But this country was founded by people brave enough to speak out against injustice, and thankfully some of that spirit is still around today. It's unfortunate that it has to interrupt our games, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Cheers to the protesters for standing up for a good cause. Cheers to the security staff for doing their job and making sure everyone was safe. And cheers to everyone who recognizes that these sorts of protests are exactly what it means to be an American.

The only people who deserved to be tazed are the idiots who even bother to defend the law.

Posted by: bryc3 | August 16, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

It's their right to protest but don't be a pain the butt about it - why run around a baseball field when most people there I'm sure couldn't care less about the cause, they just wanted to see them get leveled. There are more effective ways to get your point across - this was just stupid and they came across as just some goofy lollygaggers.

Posted by: AsstGM | August 16, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Let me just say, I am against tazing anyone, unless they are a reality TV star.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

so are the protesters part of the movement to move the game to Mexico City?

Posted by: Hattrik | August 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I really hope I am at the game when fushezzi decides to run out on the field

Posted by: jpfterps | August 16, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I hate the Arizona law and agree that the All Star Game should be moved away from Arizona.

That said, running onto the field is just not cool.

Posted by: Liebercreep | August 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I always feel bad for the fat guys that have to chase the protesters/streakers/field invaders around.

The people running on the field always seem to be young and fit and the people having to chase usually seem middle-aged and out of shape. Clearly chasing punk-ass drunks around the field wasn't what they signed up for.

Posted by: mercedeskk | August 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I always feel bad for the fat guys that have to chase the protesters/streakers/field invaders around.

The people running on the field always seem to be young and fit and the people having to chase usually seem middle-aged and out of shape. Clearly chasing punk-ass drunks around the field wasn't what they signed up for.

Posted by: mercedeskk | August 16, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I always feel bad for the fat guys that have to chase the protesters/streakers/field invaders around.

The people running on the field always seem to be young and fit and the people having to chase usually seem middle-aged and out of shape. Clearly chasing punk-ass drunks around the field wasn't what they signed up for.

Posted by: mercedeskk | August 16, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I always feel bad for the fat guys that have to chase the protesters/streakers/field invaders around.

The people running on the field always seem to be young and fit and the people having to chase usually seem middle-aged and out of shape. Clearly chasing punk-ass drunks around the field wasn't what they signed up for.

Posted by: mercedeskk | August 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about the span post. Not sure what happened there.

Posted by: mercedeskk | August 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The thought just occurred to me, when these clowns were arrested (because it is a misdemeanor to run onto the field) did they refuse to give the police their id?

Posted by: CapsNut | August 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I love how it's assumed that anyone who is against SB 1070 must be some kind of liberal hippy. I am lifelong conservative Republican who found the law appalling, racist, unconstitutional, and unnecessary. And contrary to the absurd claims that the Arizona law simply enforced pre-existing federal law, SB 1070 went much further.

The original text of the law stated quite clearly: "For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of the state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person."

This would have given any state, county or local government official the right to demand documents from persons suspected of being illegal immigrants. And again, contrary to countless claims by the law's proponents, race could and would be used as a factor--just not the "sole" factor.

So if a Hispanic looking person was doing something that a typical illegal alien would do (i.e. working hard and obeying the law) that could be considered probable cause and any government official could demand to see their papers. And for the more than 1.5 million legal Hispanic citizens of Arizona, they would have been subjected to constant racial profiling harassment.

Thankfully, the law never got past the U.S. district court and was rightly deemed unconstitutional. And if and when it reaches the court of appeals and then the SCOTUS, the lower court's decision will undoubtedly be affirmed.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 16, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Barno1-I thought I was the only person who read that law that way. I actually read it and that is what it seemed to say. More people should read it.
That being said, as I walked into the stadium yesterday I said to my friend, about the protestors, how it is great to live in a country where you can peacefully assemble and protest without getting shot.
And then they run onto the field...totally counterproductive in my view.

Posted by: dcmg | August 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Not only was yesterday's protest incident counterproductive, I think protesting in general these days almost always accomplishes nothing other than making whatever side you are on look worse.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 16, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

If the past 2 years have taught me anything, it's that waving around a sign and making a giant spectacle of yourself is ALWAYS the best way to convince someone of your arguments merits.

I'm now convinced that Obama is a kenyan muslim from outerspace who's stimulus plan is obviously a veiled conspiracy between George Soros, illegal immigrants, North Korea, and Adolph Hitlers ressurected body to enact global nazi socialism.

Posted by: jbanks979 | August 16, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I think major league players should demand that the game be changed if the law is not appealed before next year’s game. If not, ever player of Hispanic decent should elect not to go to the game if elected or pick. Strasburg is from San Diego and should also refuse to go to support his area.

It insulting for a league filled with foreign players to have a game in a place where an of them can be questioned about their "right" to be there.

Posted by: tcostant | August 16, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"So if a Hispanic looking person was doing something that a typical illegal alien would do (i.e. working hard and obeying the law)"

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This statement is direct contradition. A typical illegal alien can't by their definition be obeying the law.

I am also sick and tired of the misinformation that continues to be posted about this law....

The entire basis of your argument (law abiding Hispanics could be targeted) is completely false because the law only allows police to ask about immigration status in the normal course of “lawful contact” with a person, such as a traffic stop or if they have committed a crime. "Reasonable suspicion" to inquire about immigration status occurs only AFTER they have been stopped/arrested for breaking another law.

In addtion - below is federal law regarding aliens and documentation:

Aliens and Nationality - 8 USC Section 1304(e) Personal possession of registration or receipt card; penalties:

Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

So all the Arizona law does is extend the right to enforce this law to the local level. There is no factual basis to support any other conclusion.

Posted by: capsnumber1 | August 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

You're right really, the most effective way to protest something, hit 'em in the wallet. If the Hispanic players don't go, and maybe a few non Hispanic team mates or someone like Stras from a largely Hispanic city, at least a quarter of the spots will be filled by players who shouldn't be there, and maybe no one will watch. Wonder what Clemente would do?

Posted by: dcmg | August 16, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

VIVA ARIZONA!

Posted by: StJohn1 | August 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"So if a Hispanic looking person was doing something that a typical illegal alien would do (i.e. working hard and obeying the law)"

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This statement is direct contradition (sic). A typical illegal alien can't by their definition be obeying the law.

I am also sick and tired of the misinformation that continues to be posted about this law....

The entire basis of your argument (law abiding Hispanics could be targeted) is completely false because the law only allows police to ask about immigration status in the normal course of “lawful contact” with a person, such as a traffic stop or if they have committed a crime. "Reasonable suspicion" to inquire about immigration status occurs only AFTER they have been stopped/arrested for breaking another law.

Posted by: capsnumber1 | August 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse
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Your argument is so completely and utterly false it is almost laughable. The term "lawful contact," while not defined in the law, has been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in the broadest terms. In Terry v. Ohio, the court made clear that police officers have wide latitude to approach anyone and question them on suspicion of a crime -- which the Arizona law defined as "reasonable suspicion" that the person is an illegal immigrant.

The law said race or national origin can't be the "sole" factor constituting "reasonable suspicion," but it doesn't prohibit race or ethnicity from being a factor. As Americans have seen with affirmative action -- where race is claimed to be only one factor in giving preference to minority applicants -- it is, unfortunately, almost always the determining factor. It is therefore obvious to anyone with any common sense that Hispanics and Hispanic-looking people would have been much more likely to be approached by any government official and asked to show documentation.

As for your pointing to federal law regarding aliens and documentation, this is a blatant red herring. We are talking about racial profiling of any Hispanic, not just illegal aliens. There are more than 1.5 million Hispanics LEGAL U.S. citizens residing in Arizona. They are not required by any law--federal, state, or local--to carry documentation proving that they are United States citizens. These 1.5 million legal Hispanics would have been subjected to needless racial profiling and harassment since a police officer or any other government official would have been allowed to use race to determine "reasonable suspicion."

Posted by: Barno1 | August 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I really liked going to Arizona Fall League games. Good baseball and a great atmosphere. But my way of protesting this law is to refuse to give Arizona any more of my tourism dollars. I won't run on the field, but I won't be walking into the stands at any of the AFL games, either.

If Commissioner Selig were to ask me (he won't), I'd tell him the 2011 All-Star Game should be moved. If I was invited to attend, I would decline.

All that said, disrupting a game is ineffective and counterproductive. Bad tactics to protest a bad law.

And thank you, Barno1 for one of the better responses to the screamers who just quote someone else's talking points.

Posted by: greggwiggins | August 16, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Arizona law is racist. I too am proud of my people standing up for themselves. The Europeans that initially came to this country illegally and took it away from the native American have been in control way too long. This is a free country open to all people and who are the ones in power to say who can and can't come here to enjoy its many riches. They do not want to share the wealth! Soon we will be the majority and finally get done the rights way.

Posted by: LaRaza2010 | August 16, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this many people have commented proves the effectiveness of the protest. After all, the right to an opinion is what makes democracy well... democracy. Credit these protesters with initiating a democratic discussion. NO AL SB 1070!

Posted by: jasonique | August 17, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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