The Padres have removed the Dog Tags promotion for this Sunday's Military Opening Day and replaced it with "Padres Posters for Kids" ... Apparently, that idea won out over ... "Biological Chemicals for Preteens" [or] "Islamophobia Day for the Elderly".The Padres' website still lists April 10 as "Military Opening Day" and the other Military Appreciation Days remain on the calendar. But considering the long-standing connection the Padres have with the military, it's fantastic that the team changed any of its plans.
It doesn't look like too many blogs wrote about Fulton's campaign. Fulton's petition was posted at Baseball Think Factory (where the first page of comments had a predictably high level of stupidity and snark (nothing against BTF; that's just the way these things go); I did not venture into page 2). Back on February 28, Gaslamp Ball (a Padres blog) wrote:
We took a poll and while only  of you participated, 22% of you agreed with Kap. The rest thought that the tags served to support the military.I question how Gaslamp knows the inner thoughts of "kids" (all of them?), but it's always nice to see people who will do some research, consider a belief that is so entrenched in their minds that they can no longer conceive of it as an opinion, and be open to even a semi-change of heart.
Admittedly at first I thought Kap was overreacting ... Then I read a little bit about the history of dog tags to see if they served any other purpose. It turns out they serve one primary purpose ["to identify Marines who fall in battle and secure a suitable burial for them"].
I started to see the issue from Kap's point of view, maybe he was right, giving dog tags to kids is a little macabre. That's not to say that I would have any problem letting my hypothetical children wear them, because kids wouldn't view them in the same way.
Kap also pointed me towards a Press Action post suggesting that the Nationals, who during the third inning of every home game "salute a group of soldiers currently receiving treatment at the nearby Walter Reed Army Hospital", also honor America's anti-warriors, as well, i.e., "the people who've made great sacrifices and efforts to stop the U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan and who were active against previous U.S. wars of aggression".
The post, which I believe was written by Mark Hand, the editor of Press Action and a Nats fan, offers some possibilities for future games, including Ray McGovern (an Army veteran and CIA analyst for nearly three decades), Cindy Sheehan, Daniel Ellsberg, and Bradley Manning.