Should the military be the only group honored during the 7th inning stretch? This writer wants to know

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On Tuesday evening, Michael Cohen, a Boston Globe columnist and author of the recently released “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Pivotal Moments in American History),” expressed an opinion on Twitter that questioned an old baseball tradition.

“Just once I want the group honored during the 7th inning stretch not be the military, but public defenders, social workers & journalists,” Cohen wrote on Twitter.

The statement came during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, which, like all other games, contained a tribute to the people who serve in the Armed Forces.

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Later interactions showed that Cohen isn’t anti-military, but thinks civil servants need recognition.

Throughout the night, Cohen continued to add to his list of people who he believes deserve recognition.

“I should have mentioned teachers too … and the ACLU,” he tweeted at one follower.

“Yup, teachers too!”

When people shot back at him that honoring journalists isn’t a worthy action, Cohen, himself a journalist, reminded his followers of those who died on the job, including James Foley, a reporter killed by the Islamic State in a viral beheading video.

“To folks on my TL who think honoring journalists is silly James Foley Luke Somers Marie Colvin Tim Hetherington Anthony Shadid David Gilkey,” Cohen wrote.

Near the end of his Twitter conversation about who should be honored during major sporting events, Cohen re-explained his initial idea and gave another shout-out to all those who serve the United States.

“It’s as if the military is the only group in America that defends our freedoms,” Cohen wrote with a twinge of sarcasm.

What do you think?

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