Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) turned down an invitation to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game on Monday, citing Major League Baseball’s decision to boycott Georgia.
The Republican governor turned down the invite in a Monday letter to Rangers COO Neil Leibman. Abbott said he is personally boycotting all MLB events because of the league’s decision to pull its 2021 all-star game and rookie draft out of Atlanta in protest of the state’s election reforms signed into law on March 25.
“Thank you for the invitation to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game. I was looking forward to it – until Major League Baseball adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia, and, based on that false narrative, moved the MLB All-Star Game from Atlanta,” Abbott wrote.
“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political