Braves Fan Mocks GOP For Shutdown: ‘Just Because The Dodgers Scored More Runs…Doesn’t Make Them Right’

An Atlanta Braves fan reacted to his team’s tough loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers by sending a letter Tuesday to a Republican congressman that sardonically drew parallels between the baseball game and the government shutdown.

The letter from Paul Kaplan to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), reported by NBC Sports, drips with sarcasm. 

In a thinly veiled reference to the House GOP’s relentless attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Kaplan noted that his beloved team “sent batters to the plate at least 40 times” in Monday’s 4-3 Dodgers win, which eliminated the Braves from the playoffs.

“But just because we couldn’t score enough runs, the Dodgers refuse to relinquish the title — and worse, they won’t even discuss it,” Kaplan wrote. “LA’s stubborn refusal to even talk to us about reversing the results of this series is un-sportsmanlike and un-American. But there is an answer: If the Dodgers won’t listen to the cries of average Americans like you and me, then Congress should outlaw Major League Baseball until the Dodgers cave.”

He then called on Kingston to take a stand.

“Just because the Dodgers had more hits, scored more runs, and won more games doesn’t make them right,” Kaplan wrote in closing. “You can help them see that.”

Read the entire letter here.

 

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