Major League Baseball would not approve the Washington Nationals request to honor the Navy SEALs killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. The Nats had planned to wear Navy SEAL caps during Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. While MLB had granted permission to the Nationals to wear the hats during batting practice they drew the line at players actually wearing the caps during the game itself.
Pat Carney, a spokesperson for MLB, told Washington Post reporter Dan Steinberg, “We reserve hats for national tributes, where every club is wearing them on the same day. But we’re happy to work with clubs on alternatives.”
MLB’s decision seems even more peculiar when you consider that they permitted the Nationals to don Virginia Tech caps following the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007. Indeed, MLB also granted permission to then Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Joe Saunders, a Virginia Tech alum, to wear a Virginia Tech cap in a start he made against the Seattle Mariners a few days later.
MLB did the right thing in letting the Washington Nationals honor the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. So why won’t MLB do the right thing in letting the Washington Nationals honor the Navy SEALs who died protecting this country?