Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Of Politics And Baseball

Simply Left BehindThe Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy

...Guillen should pay no price, either. He's apologized, but I don't think he needed to. If Guillen is to pay a price, if we are to clearly remove politics from sports (which might not be a bad thing, but right now, is not a necessary thing), then Tim Thomas should be forced to remove his helmet while playing for the Boston Bruins. He paid no official price for refusing to meet with President Obama, either. If Guillen is punished, then so should Tim Thomas.
My suspicion, however, is that we want the right kind of politics (in all senses) from our athletes, which is even stupider. If we're going to claim Tim Thomas has the right to wear a Teabagger symbol on his helmet, then fairness-- a doctrine America was built on-- demands that Guillen be allowed to speak out, or tattoo a hammer-and-sickle on his arm, or whatever else.
For if we're going to have "politics for me, but none for thee," then this country is in very grave danger.

1 comment:

billy pilgrim said...

small world, i just opined on the same subject. where's the aclu on this one?