Phillies Slugger Bryce Harper Breaks Out Betsy Ross Cleats to Honor America
Somehow, the original American flag has become a topic of contention in American political life, with major Presidential candidates comparing it to a racist and white nationalist symbol.
The ‘Betsy Ross’ flag representing the original 13 colonies in North America was shelved from a Nike shoe design, who caved to politically correct and anti-American pressure in removing an original American flag-themed shoe product. The leftist company faced a swift backlash, with the state of Arizona canceling a planned tax subsidy deal to create a Nike shoe plant in the city of Goodyear.
Philadelphia Phillies all-star slugger and outfielder Bryce Harper isn’t having any of it, and broke out a pair of patriotic cleats honoring the flag in the July 4th game against the Atlanta Braves.
The potential hall-of-famer has broke out patriotic cleats for the Fourth of July before, busting out military-themed athletic shoes in 2016 that featured the insignia of the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.
Harper’s decision to honor America and the flag differs greatly from the manner in which unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to commemorate the holiday, claiming on Twitter that the holiday had nothing to do with him.
“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine…There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.”
– Frederick Douglass pic.twitter.com/IWLujGCJHn
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 4, 2019
Harper put the cleats to good use in the Atlanta night game, raking in two hits and and RBI. The Phillies went on to lose the slugfest contest to the Braves, going down 12-6. To many, he comes across as a real winner, honoring America on its day of national independence when many spoiled athletes chose to disrespect national American heritage.
The former Nationals “five-tool player” has generally avoided politics throughout his career, but is known as a devout Mormon who avoids caffeinated substances.