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MLB issues statement after Wiz Khalifa endorses marijuana legalization


There’s a headline I didn’t think I’d ever write. Rapper Wiz Khalifa threw out the first pitch at PNC Park on Wednesday prior to the game between the Orioles and Pirates. Khalifa wore a shirt that, as seen above, reads, “Legalize It.” Khalifa was also photographed making a hand gesture as if he were smoking.

Major League Baseball didn’t take too kindly to that and issued a statement. Via Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the statement read, “Marijuana is [a prohibited] substance in all of our drug programs. It’s unfortunate this situation occurred. The Pirates have informed us that this should not have happened.”

It’s ironic writing about MLB’s statement as I watch a game between the Reds and Brewers being played at Miller Park. The stadium’s naming rights are owned by a beer company. Just saying.

Update: Craig’s comment was better than mine, so I’m including it.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

New Era

There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps andĀ they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: