David Harsanyi writes for the Federalist about a disturbing development in America’s pastime.

The Toronto Blue Jays’ Anthony Bass is really sorry.

You see, Major League Baseball honors men in nun costumes who hand out condoms and simulate sex on crosses — that’s just “inclusivity.” Reactionary orthodox Christians with opinions, on the other hand, will be compelled to engage in ritual public humiliation and beg for forgiveness.

Over the weekend, Bass shared a post on his Instagram account promoting “anti-LGBTQ campaigns, which targeted boycotting Target and Bud Light because of those companies associated with the promotion of Pride campaigns.” Or, at least, “anti-LGBTQ” is how most news organizations describe boycotts against Bud Light — over the hiring of Dylan Mulvaney, who’s made a career aping a daft caricature of women — and Target, which sells chest binders and packing clothing and markets pro-trans apparel to kids.

Anyway, Bass’s scripted apology has all the earmarks of a contemporary struggle session. …

… No one, of course, was hurt by Bass’s comments supporting boycotts of a couple of multibillion-dollar corporations. … “[E]ducate” is nothing but a euphemism for ideological conformity. And anyone who values free expression should be appalled by the obvious coercion.

Not even bowing your head to teammates and admitting bad “actions” is enough, though. Blue Jays manager John Schneider told reporters that Bass’s self-flagellation would be ongoing. “We’re not going to pretend like this never happened,” the second-year manager said. “We’re not going to pretend like it’s the end and move on. There are definitely more steps that are going to follow.”

Why should a player give a single whit about Schneider’s positions on faith or sex or economic boycotts or anything else, for that matter? If he weren’t such a coward, the manager would simply have noted that all people, including baseball players, are entitled to an opinion in a free country without having to worry about losing their jobs or publicly debasing themselves.