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Inside Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera’s Far-Right Politics

Inside Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera’s Far-Right Politics

The Yankees legend—who will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday—has managed to keep his political leanings hidden for decades.ariano Rivera, the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history, will be formally enshrined in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. A throng of New York Yankee diehards will surely make the trek to Cooperstown, NY, to take in the proceedings and relive treasured memories. For countless fans, Rivera is baseball royalty—an idol, worshipped for his on-field dominance, deadly mastery of a cut fastball, and pinpoint control. To this day, he is...

July 23, 2019
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Conservatives Shunning Sports to Own the Libs Are Dunking on Themselves

Conservatives Shunning Sports to Own the Libs Are Dunking on Themselves

Stop me if this sounds at all familiar but the right wing has opened up a new flank in the culture wars, and yet again, the target of their spittle-flecked ire is a major sports league. After a slew of multinational, multibillion-dollar corporations located in Georgia expressed some mild concerns that a recently-passed bill would disenfranchise voters—and specifically Black Georgians—Major League Baseball decided to pull up stakes on Friday and move this year’s from Cobb County. (Reportedly, they’ve settled on Coors Field in Colorado, a state that boasts less restrictive voting laws.)In...

April 7, 2021
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How New York City Soccer Fans Are Fighting Fascism In The Stands

How New York City Soccer Fans Are Fighting Fascism In The Stands

When the New York City Football Club takes the pitch at Yankee Stadium, sections 235 through 238 are reserved for the team’s most loyal fans. There, amid a sea of light-blue NYCFC apparel, the banners, the drummers, the tifos, the organized chants and songs, and the face-painted fanatics, you’ll find another, less welcome fixture: far-right extremists, skinheads and outright white nationalists. One face, in particular, has always stood out from this madding crowd: Irvin “Irv” Antillon, a 42-year-old tattoo artist from Queens and member of Batallón 49, a majority-Latino skinhead gang, who...

May 30, 2019
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