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Some of those opposed to Arizona’s new illegal immigrant enforcement law, which by the way is consistent with federal law that those not citizens must carry proof of legal entry, want the MLB All-Star Game to be moved from Phoenix.
Commissioner of major league baseball, Bud Selig, is in a difficult position.As is Arizona’s population, about 30% of MLB players are Hispanic.
If any player wants to express an opinion, that’s their right.If Selig wants to express an opinion, however, that is his right but not his job.
Any player from another country who wants to play in another country should try that, but otherwise is bound to play where they are told.Bud Selig, as well, should find another job if he is not up to avoiding the politicization of baseball.
Selig’s job, as the commissioner of baseball, is to help protect his players. When a player signs with an organization, he has a legitimate reason to be in this country. That doesn’t take away the reality that he may be forced to carry proof in his pocket.
I’m afraid Selig’s only potential response to that is, “Sorry, fellas, it’s the world we live in.”
And, this is the United States of America, with legitimate borders and laws.If Selig wants to open the gates at all baseball games to unrestricted free entry, that would do more for the sport.
I imagine that all the roster players from other countries have complied with the rules and are here lawfully. It's hard to understand why they would sympathize with illegal entrants.
Mexicans do have an historic grudge, with some foundation, about how half of their land mass wound up as America and not Mexico. The half we got was sparsely populated, even more sparsely populated with Mexicans as opposed to First Americans. Mexico's track record with First Americans is at least as bad as Canada's or America's.
If we had left Mexico alone, probably the Mexican leadership would have made as poor a result with the American West as they did with the rest of their country.
I am glad to see professional sports adopting an opendoor policy for their games. Their ticket prices were too high anyway. Next they can do away with the high priced players and just pick their team for the night from the stands. No need for umpires, refrees and coaches because we don't need any steenkin' rules.
Unfortunately, I don't like professional sports so I can't boycott them for their politics.
I love baseball, watching baseball, reading about baseball.
One thing that hasn't changed in a hundred fifty years is that baseball players as a group are full of shit.
A handful of all-stars every season come up with some particular injury as an excuse for skipping the All-Star fest and taking the three days off; now we're supposed to take these martyrs seriously that they claim to want to play somewhere else, particularly because of some transnational egalitarian horsecrap.
I could start -start- taking these guys a little more seriously as activists if, to a man, they weren't so insistent on being paid US dollars for playing and living in Canada. Latins included.