Pride announce postponement of 2020 season
The USSSA Pride announced Wednesday their 2020 season has been postponed.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The USSSA Pride announced on Wednesday that their 2020 professional fastpitch softball season has been postponed.
The announcement comes in the wake of a revolt by players on the Scrap Yard Dawgs team following a controversial tweet posted by the team during the season opener against the Pride on Monday night.
As team members returned to their locker rooms following a 4-0 Pride victory, they became of aware of the tweet on the Scrap Yard Dawgs Twitter page which pictured players standing and holding their hands over their hearts during the national anthem.
The since-deleted tweet read: “Hey @realDonaldTrump Pro Fastpitch being played live @usssaspacecoast @USSAPride Everyone respecting the FLAG!”
That politically-charged message did not sit well with players on either team, or the national softball community. Many posted emotional messages on their own Twitter pages.
A number of players, including Olympian pitching legend Cat Osterman, vowed they would never represent the Scrap Yard Dawgs organization again.
While the softball world has been very vocal, neither the Scrap Yard Dawgs organization, or general manager Connie May (who was reportedly responsible for posting the tweet), have made a public comment on the tweet, or the reaction it has caused.
Hours before the teams were set to take the field at the USSSA Space Coast Complex for the second of what was to be a seven-game series, the announcement was made by the Pride.
“The USSSA Pride games have been postponed until further notice,” the statement read. “Our athletes came to this decision unanimously and after much discussion and consideration with players from the Scrap Yard Dawgs team. For now, we are putting our season on hold to reflect and determine how best to move forward as a collective.
“As an organization, the goal of the USSSA Pride has always been to use our platforms for positivity and for inspiring young girls. We remain committed to ensuring everyone, regardless of their color or creed, feels welcomed by us and the sport as a whole.
“We look forward to returning to the game we love with a renewed sense of purpose and passion when the time is right.”