MLB suits take media bait about needing to be liked
- (AP report in USA Today, 11/5/08): "If the perception internationally of the United States improves by virtue of his (Obama's) election, then I think the U.S. stature in international sport of every type will be enhanced," San Diego Padres chief executive officer Sandy Alderson said Wednesday at the general managers' meetings.
- "I don't think the United States has the international stature in sport that it once had."...
The International Olympic Committee voted in July 2005 to drop baseball and softball following the 2008 Beijing Games. When a vote for reinstatement took place the following February, baseball lost 46-42 and softball failed 47-43.At the time, International Softball Federation president Don Porter said: "I think
- anti-Americanism was a factor."...
- "I think Sen. Obama's election is an event of
- profound significance to a lot of people around the world,
- and I would be surprised if it was not received that way in Olympic circles, also," union head Donald Fehr said by telephone from Los Angeles."...
- Whether we're liked 'internationally'? By whom for example?
- How is France for example with their Muslim car-burning riots a place that's better than we are, next to whom the US should be begging for approval?
- Pakistan, there's a prospect: (12/16/08, Spengler): "Half the country is illiterate and
- three-quarters of it subsists on less than $2 a day, according to the World Bank....
- Very poor and ignorant young men, especially if their only education has been in
- continuous corruption, embezzling, and cheating by countries and officials involved in the Olympics. Baseball is dying to be 'accepted' by an international crime syndicate and buys into a media creation that America needs to be liked.
- Some remember the names Dan Rather and Eason Jordan and exactly how they fell.