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Monday, May 15, 2006

Tim Marchman---a baseball writer who sees & speaks the truth

Gratefully, I've finally stumbled on an articulate writer who explains what frustrates me the most. This item is from a November 2003 article. The bottom line is 3 things:
  1. Get all the Yankee fan's money, & pointedly ignore how it's spent, even if illegally.
  2. If the Yankees win, get more of their money; if they lose get more of their money.
  3. Pointedly keep many useful idiots in the media churning hatred & bias toward everything about the Yankees, thereby keeping the focus off owners who're doing a bad job.
  4. By keeping this silly army marching time for Selig, give those that can't get the money the 2nd best satisfaction: to keep Mariano Rivera from getting the recognition he deserves.
(I added the 4th point, not mentioned in the article but documented extensively on this blog). Also, I found this paragraph by Marchman on google. To get the rest of the article, I had to subscribe to the digital version of the publication. You won't be able to link to it from here.

Against Baseball Socialism Haves, have-nots, and Commissioner Selig’s faulty vision. By Tim Marchman

From the Nov. 10, 2003, issue of National Review.

The nation (or most of it) may have been rooting for a Cubs-Red Sox World Series, but, as the Series opened, baseball commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig was the happiest man in America. He couldn't have chosen a better match than that between the Florida Marlins and the New York Yankees. No matter which team won, he and his vision of the game would prosper. A victory by the not-rich Marlins would prove that last year's collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) between owners and players was a great success; a victory by the rich Yankees would prove it wasn't quite enough of one. Either way, he'd get to argue that the CBA should be extended when it expires in 2006. How can opposite outcomes both serve Selig's interests? If you aren't sure, you haven't been paying attention to the game outside the lines.

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