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Craig Calcaterra has found himself an “interesting” piece online.
Okay, it isn’t interesting. It’s just more mindless drivel from a racist passing himself off as a “conservative”, but here goes:
Know what? You can read politics into too many things. Like this clown from the Daily Caller, who has decided that Bryce Harper is symbolic of some conservative rebirth, because he hustles and Jason Heyward is symbolic of liberalism because he’s lazy and complacent.
Normally that kind of construction is indicative of some sort of racism too — look at the industrious white man and the lazy black man! — but I think this guy is so enamored of seeing the political in everything that race isn’t even on his mind.
No, his idiocy is pretty much monomaniacally political:
“Bryce Harper is a conservative hero. The star rookie for the Washington Nationals has woken up Major League Baseball, and watching it unfold has reminded me of nothing so much as the collapse of the old political paradigms and the inevitable and upcoming rebirth of conservatism in November …”
Harper is “scrappy” — yes, he uses the word scrappy — because he took an extra base when he hit a single to right against the Braves. Heyward is some old awful liberal because he was slow getting to the ball:
“To me, the play carried even greater symbolic importance. Heyward’s bungle showed a complacency, if not indolence, that Harper threatens to destroy, but it also could be a metaphor for the collapse of the old liberal order. Heyward was like one of those public school teachers who, because they are a union member, can’t be fired and so are relegated to the “rubber room” to sit and read the paper and gather a check for the rest of their lives.”
Craig danced around it some, implying that this was purely politically motivated.
I disagree and think he hit the nail in the head with the other stuff. What the guy really was saying was “that white kid hustled his ass off and quite typically the lazy n***er slacked off”.
So I guess all those times Derek Jeter (of a mixed marriage), Ichiro Suzuki or any other non-white player hustled their ass off for the last decade it didn’t happen, huh? Harper just “invented it” I suppose.
Best of all, the clueless dolt overlooks some BIG points in the landscape of professional sports (you know, like revenue sharing).
As expected this one got some great discussions going on, as one Hardball Talk reader going by “fearlessleader” points out:
There’s no shortage of awesome comments on this article, but this may be my favorite:
“The Nationals picked Harper first overall because they had the worst record in baseball. They didn’t earn that pick through hard work, in fact they worked the least and were rewarded for it. That sounds like income redistribution to me. Bryce Harper is a socialist hero.”
Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk is good. In fact, he’s really good.
But in response to some comments made by former Reds‘ closer/”Nasty Boy” Rob Dibble he just took the Golden Sombrero in my opinion.
The former big league closer was asked on Philly’s CBS Sports Radio what he thought about the whole Cole Hamels/Bryce Harper/Mike Rizzo fiasco and to nobody’s surprise, he had zero issue with Hamels plunking the young player.
That led Calcaterra to write this:
You know what I do whenever a controversial topic comes up? I ask myself “I wonder what Rob Dibble thinks of all of this?”
Dibble, not surprisingly, is a fan of mayhem. He said that if Cole Hamels wants to throw at someone “that’s Cole Hamels’ deal.” And added, “I kinda dig it.” Dibble also said that he approves of the whole “welcome to the big leagues” Old Time Baseball thing of throwing at a guy simply because he’s a rookie, noting that he did the same thing to Jeff Bagwell back in the day
Craig then went on to cite some Baseball-Reference.com stats provided by one of the sites users in the comments section about how Dibble never actually hit Bagwell and how he was “full of baloney” and so on.
Except for one BIG OL’ IMPORTANT POINT…
He never said he HIT Bagwell. He said he threw at him. And that Bagwell being the old school kind of guy he was just got back up and lined out in a rocket to SS on the very next pitch.
If someone is being “fact checked” the very least people should do is be clear about which facts are being checked, otherwise you come out looking like the tool you’re claiming someone else is.
In fact if you actually took the time to listen to the interview he talks about protecting teammates, sending messages to younger players, but most of all he just says Mike Rizzo needs to stay the hell out of it.
He very correctly points out that Nationals, for all of their young talent have a roster that is still loaded with some quality, tough nose veteran players who can (and will) handle it, leaving no room or need for the GM to get involved.
Dibble is a usually a bit of an asshat by most accounts…but not on this one.