Imagine being the mayor of one of the largest and most popular cities in the country, only to be savagely booed when your name is mentioned on the public address system at the local professional sports stadium.
According to Breitbart, that’s exactly what happened when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) was mentioned over the PA system at Wrigley Field on Thursday, when Cubs fans were finally allowed to return to the stadium in-person for the first time in more than a year for a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In a humiliating moment, the mayor was clearly booed by those in attendance and reportedly lit up social media as a result.
After roughly a year of not being allowed to watch professional sports in-person, the 10,000 baseball fans at Wrigley Field made clear their disdain for the increasingly unpopular Chicago mayor as they belted out impressive boos when her name was merely mentioned over the intercom, Breitbart reported.
Many Chicago natives have been ultra-critical of Lightfoot’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as she is one of several Democratic mayors who unleashed harsh lockdowns and restrictions for what many residents claim was far too long.
finally, one thing I can agree with Cubs fans on
— Meghan (@DSniper1010) April 1, 2021
The humiliating reception came just days after Lightfoot, a self-described “die-hard sports fan,” announced somewhat relaxed restrictions on professional sporting events in the Windy City, with both of its baseball fields allowing for 20% capacity.
“I’m personally excited to have Chicago take its first, cautious steps toward safely reopening our beloved baseball stadiums to fans this season,” Lightfoot said earlier in the week, according to ESPN.
Baseball leaders heap praise
While fans of the sport didn’t offer the warm reception that Lightfoot was presumably expecting, baseball and team executives were more than happy with the mayor’s easing of restrictions, including Cubs executive chairman Tom Ricketts.
“Nothing can replace the energy and enthusiasm our beloved fans bring to the Friendly Confines each and every game,” Ricketts said prior to the team’s home-opener against the Pirates, as ESPN reported. “We’re ready and excited for our much-anticipated Wrigley Field reunion.”
Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the White Sox — the other Chicago baseball team — echoed Ricketts’ sentiment in praising the slow return to normal sports activities.
“We believe this is a moment when baseball can indeed serve our fans and our communities again as we all hope for a gradual return to normal,” Reinsdorf told ESPN.
Only time will tell when Lightfoot allows a full return to normalcy like many other cities and states have already done. But going by the number of boos she received on opening day, it appears as if the damage to her reputation is already set in stone.