I got over my sports heroes being way more conservative than I am a long time ago (Roger Staubach, who could do no wrong when I was a kid, is a Republican). So while I feel a twinge of disappointment, what really jumped out at me is that La Russa says he and Pujols agreed to appear because it's a non-political event. "I made it clear when we were approached: I said, 'If it's political, I wouldn't even approach Albert with it.' I don't want to be there if it's political," La Russa told the Post-Dispatch.
On what planet is a Glenn Beck rally in the National Mall on the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech that features Sarah Palin not political? Beck claims that he didn't plan for the event to be on the MLK speech anniversary, but it's not a coincidence, according to Beck. It's "divine providence." It also happens to be the same weekend that FreedomWorks, one of the driving corporate/Republican Party forces behind the tea party movement, is holding its convention in DC.
The title of the event is "Restoring Honor." According to Beck: "This is going to be an iconic event. This is a moment quite honestly, that I think we reclaim the civil rights movement." Reclaim the civil rights movement? Beck also says, "If you come, I believe this may, maybe in 100 years from now or 200 years from now, I believe this will be remembered as the moment America turned the corner."
The ostensible purpose of the rally -- notwithstanding those comment from Beck -- is to honor America's troops, and some of the proceeds from the event are going to go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which is a legit charity. That's apparently given the rally enough of a nonpartisan gloss to, as much as it pains me to say it, dupe the likes of La Russa and Pujols.