“Dumb Sh**”- MLB Twitter Fans Riot Against PETA Effort to Change ‘Bullpen’ to ‘Arm Barn’

Published 10/29/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Oct 27, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; A view of the ballpark and the field and the sunset during the playing of the national anthem before the game between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves during game two of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 MLB season is in its final chapter, with the ongoing World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves. While the best-of-seven series has several stories to tell this year, PETA seem to have a rather unusual issue with the MLB.

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Recently, the animal rights organization took issue with the bullpen, a designated area for relief pitchers to warm up. While they made their intentions clear, fans ridiculed the organization, taking to social media to voice their displeasure.

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Fans mock PETA for their demand to change the traditional bullpen name

Since the early years of the 20th century, the term ‘bullpen’ featured regularly in the sport. Despite the name’s long-term presence in baseball, PETA requested for it to undergo change. They believe the word ‘bullpen’ reminds many of a similar area where scared bulls stay before facing death.

They suggested the area to bear the name of ‘arm barn’ since it sounds more friendly towards animals. In a statement, PETA’s Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said“Words matter, and baseball ‘bullpens’ devalue talented players and mock the misery of sensitive animals.

“PETA encourages Major League Baseball coaches, announcers, players, and fans to changeup their language and embrace the ‘arm barn’ instead.”

This thought from the animal rights organization left fans outraged, with many of them taking to Twitter. While some portrayed their reactions creatively, others shared blunt words to make their opinions clear.

Game 3 of the World Series to take place later today

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While the debate around the bullpen rages on, the World Series heads to Atlanta. Following two games with differing fortunes in Houston, the next three games will take place in Truist Park.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) is relieved by manager Dusty Baker (12) in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 later today presents an opportunity for both teams to take a crucial 2-1 lead in the series. Although the Braves looked strong in Game 1, the Astros responded just as well, if not better in Game 2. Both teams have strong rosters, with Game 3 most likely to put that on display.

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Will the Braves cash in on home advantage to move a step closer towards ending a 26-year drought? Or will the Astros write their names in the record books this year?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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