Travis Tritt, who recently announced his refusal to play in venues that enforce vaccine and mask policies, sang the National Anthem ahead of Game Six of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.
Due to Major League Baseball’s vaccination mandate for all non-players, the country singer sang from the stands at Truist Park in Atlanta, ACCORDING to MLB reporter Scott Miller. The show was not televised, but people who attended the game tweeted that Tritt was greeted with a bit of boos.
Tritt himself announced his appearance 18 hours before the first pitch. The team itself did not publicly identify his presence other than speaking Washington Post that they would follow all COVID protocols while Tritt sang the song.
However, the Braves ’decision to reserve Tritt was criticized. In a column Posted before tonight’s game, USA TodayDan Wolken wrote, “There is no other way to translate Tritt’s singing of the National Anthem after the flow of new media appearances he has had. At this point, the Braves can’t claim to be ignorant or wash their hands of the political implications. They clarified where they stood. Meanwhile, The Washington Post SAYS Tritt’s reservation stands in sharp contrast to the team’s previous actions as one of the first MLB teams to open free vaccination clinics at its stadium. In addition, the team’s first star, Freddie Freeman, experienced an even more intense fight on COVID-19, to the point that he was left praying “please don’t take me.”
Earlier this week, Tritt Office has partnered the cancellation of many upcoming concerts in venues that “order masks, require vaccinations, or push COVID testing protocols to my fans.”
“A lot of people are standing strong against these mandates across the country, and I wholeheartedly support that cause,” Tritt said in a statement. “I have been extremely vocal against mandates from the very beginning. It is a sacrifice I am willing to make to stand up for the freedoms that generations of Americans have enjoyed throughout their lives. There are many promoters and venues throughout. country that values fans and the freedom to choose this great country, and those are the promoters and venues that I support.