Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred had to know it was coming with an Atlanta Braves triumph in this year's World Series.
And sure enough, even though the Braves' clinching win Tuesday night took place on the Houston Astros' home field, a big contingent of Braves fans were in the building — and they hung around after the game, gathered along the third-base line, and dutifully began booing as soon as Manfred began speaking.
Check it out:
Rob Manfred delivers World Series trophy to the BRAVES! youtu.be
It really was like clockwork: Cheers for the Braves at the start of the video, immediate boos when Manfred began to speak, and cheering for the Braves after he was done.
What's the background?
Manfred already was on the hot seat — and getting massively mocked — after the Braves won the National League Championship Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.
The reason? Manfred got woke in April and pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia's new voting law. At the time Manfred said it was "the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport," that pro baseball "fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions at the ballot box," and that "fair access to voting continues to have our game's unwavering support."
Georgia's election reforms include requiring absentee ballots be verified with a photo ID and expanding early voting for primary and general elections — changes generally supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.
After Manfred dumped Atlanta as the All-Star Game's host city, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said "Georgians — and all Americans — should fully understand what the MLB's knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included."
The Braves also issued a statement upon hearing the news saying they were "deeply disappointed" in the decision and that "unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision."
Indeed, according to Fox News, the move actually was seen as hurting minorities by moving revenue from 51% black Atlanta to 76% white Denver, the All-Star Game's eventual landing spot.
Atlanta fans tore into Manfred and relished the vision of him handing the World Series trophy to the Braves — the ultimate revenge.
And then that very thing happened on live TV.
With that, Braves fans got in Manfred's virtual face once again and dined on their three-piece suit-wearing pound of flesh while basking in victory:
- "Rob Manfred having to hand the @Braves the World Series Trophy last night is straight KARMA for f***ing them out of the All-Star game," one Twitter user declared. "@MLB needs to thank the @Braves for overcoming the hypocrisy and making this an epic World Series."
- "Reminiscing on how Rob Manfred could not stand straight or avoid looking for the nearest exit while having to congratulate all the people he personally screwed over," another user noticed.
- "Braves winning the World Series is the perfect bitch slap to Manfred," another user said. "Moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia just for ATL to win it all with even more fans watching and in attendance. Hahaha."
Oh, and this: