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Protesters hang a large “LOVE WATER, NOT OIL” sheet sign on the Target Field scoreboard

Jul 15, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT

Just before Derek Jeter‘s at-bat in the bottom of the third inning — his final plate appearance in an MLB All-Star Game — a group of protesters showed up above the right-field scoreboard at Target Field …

That tweet comes from C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The FOX broadcast crew did not acknowledge the sign and it was removed by a group of police officers by the top of the fourth inning.

  1. renaado - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Probably against fossil fuels…

  2. devilsmetsgiants - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I love water, but I respect oil.

    • strictlythedanks - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Let me ask you something, do your respect wood?


  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    For the fifth inning they are dropping a “Fur is Murder,” followed by “You Can’t Hug Your Children with Nuclear Arms” in the 7th, and topped off with “Go Away Justin Bieber” in the 9th.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      You can keep Bieber. Please!

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Bieber won’t do. We want Rob Ford in the 2016 Republican Iowa caucus, so for God’s sale resist temptation and don’t re elect him!

    • American of African Descent - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Bieber should have been deported.

  4. SocraticGadfly - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Wish I had been there to help hold the banner.

  5. Lee Durocher - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    It would be nice if politics did not interfere with the game. Hold your protest outside the stadium where it will not affect the flow of the game.

    • American of African Descent - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      How does a sign inside the stadium affect the flow of the game? It’s not like these people ran onto the field and started chanting.

    • renaado - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Well, the ASG is live internationally… No one will probably video em from the outside, so no wonder they brought those banners inside.

      • happytwinsfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        If I didn’t like you a lot I wouldn’t ask.

        So who or what is the ASG and why should I be interested in what they have to say?

      • renaado - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Just statin the probable reason on why they brought inside though, this is the 1st time I’m watchin the MLB all star game too… Just somewhat surprised seein those.

    • paperlions - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Conservation of potable water and the need to reduce fossil fuel reliance are not political issues. The are social survival issues. It is simply factual that on our current trajectory pollution, water use, and population growth, we are speeding toward societal infrastructure collapse. If you have offspring, you should care a lot about this issue….unless you don’t really care for them.

  6. ptfu - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Water is a much greater component of acid rain than oil-derived compounds, therefore water is worse.

  7. mikhelb - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    “love water, not oil” and yet most ecologists I knew in on of my post-docs of natural resources managements advocated for electrical cars that get their energy off the electrical grid with electricity produced with… oil, and have a higher carbon footprint than gasoline cars.

    • tongsareinyourseatback - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      This reminds me of the geniuses who advocate for adding ethanol to gasoline. Ethanol can’t be transported by pipeline like oil, it has to be trucked, and in the end uses more gasoline than it saves.

    • rkstevens111 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      I’d like to see your sources on this. Of course the carbon footprint of an electric car depends on the power plant that it plugs into. One that is located in an area with solar, wind, hydroelectric, renewable and nuclear plants will have a smaller carbon footprint than one located in an area that depends on coal and natural gas. However, the reports that I’ve read show that even an electric car located in a area that only has coal power plants would still produce a carbon footprint equivalent to gas-powered cars getting 31-40 MPG. I imagine the combined average MPG of most areas is less than that.

      BTW, most power plants in the United States are powered by coal, which, while a fossil fuel, is not oil.

      This doesn’t address the carbon footprint required to build electric and gas-powered vehicles, which is a whole other debate.

      • schlom - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        I think he’s referring to the actual manufacturing of hybrid/electric cars – that they use a lot more energy than the fossil fuel cars even accounting for their use of fuels.

      • rkstevens111 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        I thought that too initially, but he specifically mentions electric cars getting their energy off the electrical grid with electricity produced from oil. That leads me to believe he is talking more about them having a larger carbon footprint in use than in manufacturing. Otherwise he could have just come out and said what you said or what I said at the end of my post.

      • schlom - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        I don’t even know if that’s true – that electric/hybrid use some much more energy to build that it cancels out their energy savings. I’ve read that before but have no idea whether it does or not.

      • stehill51 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        “nuclear plants”
        Sorry lefty but your buddies shut down the nuclear industry in the 70’s during your “global cooling” scare. Now your buddies are trying to shut down the fracking industry which has cut U.S. CO2 emissions 20% in the last 8 yrs. The damage leftist loons have done to the environment, in the name of saving it, over the last 40 yrs, is staggering.

    • apmn - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      The benefit of the electric cars, though, is that it is much easier to capture and sequester carbon emissions from a generation plant than it is from a car.

    • paperlions - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM

      In most places today, one can choose your electricity supplier, and more and more places have 100% renewable energy options.

  8. deacon85 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    “Love Water, Not Oil”? They’ve had months to plan this, and that’s the best they can come up with? Geez, these guys need a remedial course in protesting; next time, come up with something a little more clever.

    • stex52 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      I agree. Back in the ’60’s we would have kicked their butts back to the drawing board for that slogan.

  9. syphermce - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    There’s enough “love” for both water and oil. Share the love, don’t choose between the two!

  10. paullearnedblckjcksn - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    ASG = All Star Game

  11. packerpride03 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Freakin hippies

  12. drewzducks - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Pathetic. Now “Love vinegar, not oil” is something I could get behind.

  13. seanwasamarine - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Don’t you need oil to transport water to people???

  14. jsally430 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Welcome to Minnesota where the communist deemed to extreme in other countries come

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:57 AM

      There are a lot of displaced Asians, especially from Vietnam, in Minneapolis. You can light your butt on fire their food is so hot!

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        I like Thai sooooo much better.

  15. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    Water does not make a good salad dressing.

  16. 4cornersfan - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    I hate water except as a complement to bourbon or scotch. It makes me pee a lot and I miss homeruns and touchdowns. I love oil in all of its many forms: grease in my ribs and burgers, gas in my car and slick for my hair when I go out looking for hot babes.

  17. bbk1000 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Love Employment not Mommy’s Basement….

  18. stonymark - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Until you geniuses come up with a car that I can run on water (imagine pulling up to a lake and filling up), I still have to support oil; and I’d like ways to be found to make it cheaper.

  19. ctony1216 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    The slogan, “Love water, not oil” is associated with the group, Honor the Earth. [Link: Their message is a good one — essentially to invest in reusable energy, and preserve our clean water for drinking and for the environment. They also fight for Native American causes.

    Considering that California is experiencing a massive drought that affects the country’s food supply — a drought that is driving up your food prices — and that industries such as fracking use massive amounts of fresh water to extract gas and oil, while emitting climate-changing gases into the atmosphere and polluting our aquifers, the Honor the Earth message makes a lot of sense. Basically it’s this: invest in reusable energy, preserve water, and protect the environment.

    By posting their message at an All-Star Game, the group Honor the Earth reaches out to people (baseball fans) who may be less aware of these very important issues — and reminds us all that preserving water and protecting the environment are things we should be fighting for.

    So, good for Honor the Earth. RE2PECT.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      For more about the need to preserve water supplies, read this:

      Excerpt below:
      Threatened by another summer of crop-shriveling drought, Kansans are watching a bold experiment unfold in Sheridan County … On lands dominated by agriculture, locals have agreed to across-the-board cuts to water use.

      … They are gambling on short-term wants for a longer-term need — to preserve the aquifer their lives depend upon….

      Sheridan’s plan is just one of many major efforts to fend off a slow-moving disaster with national implications: The High Plains Aquifer, which feeds some of the world’s most productive croplands, is running dry.

      … What’s more, the expansion of oil and gas drilling throughout the region, spurred by the advent of water-intensive hydraulic fracturing, has brought new challenges. The drilling process, which can use up millions of gallons of chemical-laced water per well, has stirred angst among some farmers. They worry about increased competition and the reality that fracked water can rarely be reused.

  20. thrstr - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Minnesota, these are the people that put Al Franken in the Senate, nuff said

  21. deathmonkey41 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Big Papi just wants to know why the sign wasn’t about him??? Why do things like this keeping happening to a guy like him???

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