Wild Pitch

by Norman Horowitz

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, while celebrating civil rights in Georgia, was speaking in Atlanta about the 2011 All-Star game in Arizona. The game is to honor, among others, the great musician Carlos Santana. He was to be the Latino stand-in, a smiling symbol of baseball’s diversity. And maybe, he would even play a song!

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I love it that Selig picked the wrong Latino. When Santana took the microphone, he said that he was representing all immigrants, and he added, “The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.” (He was referring, of course, to the anti-illegal immigration bills passed by Arizona’s and Georgia’s governments.)

The cheers in the ball park quickly turned to boos. Yes, Carlos Santana was booed on Civil Rights Day in Atlanta for having the temerity to talk about — can you believe it? — civil rights.   Continue reading “Wild Pitch”

A Lesson in Futility: Why Are the Pirates So Bad, So Often?

by Ian Kollar

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently checked themselves into the book of baseball infamy by losing to the Chicago Cubs over Labor Day weekend. The 4-2 loss Monday catapulted them into the record books by confirming what was inevitable since opening day: the 17th consecutive losing season by the franchise.   Continue reading “A Lesson in Futility: Why Are the Pirates So Bad, So Often?”

Trade “Deadline”: Why Holding onto Halladay Should Cost Ricciardi his Job

by Ian Kollar

The Toronto Blue Jays’ self-imposed deadline for trading ace pitcher Roy Halladay passed a few days ago, and the MLB-imposed one less than a day ago, yet the man fans call “Doc” will still be suiting up in gray and blue – emphasis on blue – for the rest of the 2009 baseball season.   Continue reading “Trade “Deadline”: Why Holding onto Halladay Should Cost Ricciardi his Job”