There was some racist ugliness outside Busch Stadium last night

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There have been many occasions when protesters have taken their protests to high-profile sporting events that are either related to or at least nearby the basis of the protest. It makes sense. Protesters want their protest to be visible, so you go where the people are whom you want to reach and where there are a lot of cameras so that your protest can be seen. It was no different last night in St. Louis, where people protesting the shooting death of Mike Brown and the subsequent events in nearby Ferguson, Missouri set up outside of Busch Stadium.

The racial undertones of the Brown shooting and the immediate aftermath are unmistakable. And they revealed themselves again at Busch Stadium, as several people, apparently Cardinals fans going to the game, engaged in some counter-protesting that was, quite frankly, ugly.

Deadspin has the whole rundown, including a lengthy video of the events. Among the lowlights: people calling the protesters — who were black — “crack heads,” another chanting “Africa! Africa! Africa!” at them, saying that they should get jobs and telling the black protesters that “We’re the ones who gave all y’all the freedoms that you have!” It was odious.

I understand if various people see the world and the events in Ferguson differently than I do, this person, that person or the next person does. But when you see stuff like this, don’t even think of saying “race has nothing to do with it” or accusing those who have a problem with what went down there with “playing the race card” or whatever such nonsense people bring up in order to avoid the conclusion that, yep, race has an awful lot to do with it.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.