Tone-Deaf and Out of Touch Dodgers Post Pic With Peña Nieto

On Monday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Twitter and Instagram accounts posted a photo of first baseman Adrián González presenting Enrique Peña Nieto with a custom team jersey. The backlash was swift. “Take down the photo,” many demanded. But the Dodgers organization has thus far ignored the outcry.

As most Mexicans commenting on the Dodgers Instagram account point out, such a photo is insensitive to Mexican fans who are mourning the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students, one of whom was declared dead just 2 days earlier.

Anyone following the news is aware that Peña Nieto is a hated public figure in Mexico, and with Mexicans in the United States and throughout the world. The vitriol towards him is unmatched. Posting a photo with him is a bad PR move at any time, let alone when many see his administration’s ineptitude and corruption as large reason for the country’s insecurity.

With such a large Mexican fan base, you would think the Dodgers would know this and get it right. At the very least recognize the complaints and issue a statement. But apparently, they’ve decided to ride out the thousands of negative comments.

Such disregard for Mexican fans by the Dodgers is appalling, a slap in the face to the millions who have supported them over the years. If anything, this incident is a reminder to never invest in those who don’t invest in you.