Tuesday, May 11, 2010
In Arizona, Boycotts Extend Uncertainty in a Horrid Game of Baseball
The illegal immigrants, as we refer to the violators who generated a controversy in Phoenix, one of the urban cities surrounded by the sticky, muggy and humid heat, especially come the summer months, are battered with hypocrisy and woes.
It’s a world filled with prejudice, but at the same time, a native country that illegal immigrants calls home by building a foundation and manufacturing a better living, they tend to settle for minimum wages and dead-end jobs for supporting their families illegally.
What was a developing community is now the fastest community to bear with a crisis, angering millions of the Hispanic heritage. What we have in the desert is exactly the ugliest boycott, as angry protesters express enmity with the lawmakers and enforcers in Arizona, a state trying to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Recently, petulant fans were obliviously boycotting the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road. Unfair as it may be to ban an entire franchise for someone else’s ignorance, the majority disagrees with the immigration laws and doing just about anything to fight against Arizona’s law approval.
And now it has reached a despairing point when almost all citizens, including senators are recounting the possibility of racial profiling. This has been a disgrace in a state expected to host sporting festivities next summer, but now marked as the state of insensitivity and injustice, along with inequality to possibly spoil Phoenix’s opportunity of having the 2011 All-Star Game.
Although the league scheduled the annual event to take place in Phoenix, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is among those advising for the Major League Baseball Players Association to boycott the All-Star Game.
It really is getting uglier as time progresses, with Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York taken a stance as well. He asked the players to boycott and Players Association executive director Michael Weiner opposed the Arizona immigration law. More than ever, the negative aspects of the distasteful laws are disrespectful to the Hispanic background.
It’s nearly 30 percent of foreign-born players and approximately 40 percent are Hispanic in baseball. And to keep the madness on a low, if the game is scheduled to be played, why not relocate in a considerable environment?
Take it to a city that doesn’t mind when foreign players arrive or participate in an event, dictating home-field advantage and a game fans desire after voting in favorable players to earn the nod as a starter or a reserve. But with an incurable and unbearable stage in a sport stuck in uncertainty, the average baseball star revered is Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez, two top-notch Hispanic stars in this era of sleazes and drug busts.
To say the least, we are discontent with Arizona Senate Bill 1070, a legislation achievement that allows police in the state to have suspicious ideas.
What’s unfair is that it allows the officer to question anyone suspicious and take illegal immigrants into custody, then transport the violators back to their permissible homeland. In a developing crisis, organizations will send a letter on Tuesday to baseball commissioner Bud Selig, whose apathetic nonsense killed the morals of baseball.
We’re staring at a near-tragedy, from the heinous steroid revelations to the horrendous boycotting, baseball is caught in the middle of a catastrophe, which is why organizations are urging Selig to move the All-Star Game and persuade teams to relocate spring training games scheduled in Arizona and avoid the drama of protesting and possible riots.
Much is expected from an ill-demanding commissioner, with no solution to absolve steroid debacles. He had plenty of opportunities to institute a new drug policy and declare stricter drug testing, but instead he’s inept in fixing a league with a dubious conception that baseball isn’t curable.
The problem with a game we once loved is that a bad episode always materializes. Last week, a 17-year old idiot at Citizens Bank Park in Philly ran onto the field and a police officer used a Taser gun to subdue the wacko. But now, destructive headlines are about boycotting for the immigrant issues. It seems one bad result leads to another.
And if anything baseball doesn’t need a devastating saga, but incredible results to increase television ratings and sell tickets to fill up a capacity crowd. Lately, the anonymity in Arizona isn’t amusing, but hysterical and offensive.
This confounded silliness forced the Phoenix Suns to wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys of Game Two against San Antonio in support of the Hispanic background. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, the two wise men who represent the African American communities as powerful civil right leaders, have urged Selig to move the festivities.
Good luck winning the bid. He’s a stubborn and inattentive commissioner who is very irresponsible in addressing the contaminated age. All of which has corrupted the facet of the sport, but now is being dragged down by the faulty situation in Arizona.
By all means, it’s racial profiling. The police are looking for illegal immigrants by pulling over someone who has the facial features of illegal immigrants. Quite often in baseball, half of those features are seen on a club’s roster. Over the years, Arizona has had serious crimes, mostly relating to drugs and violence. Unfortunately, those bad apples spoiled it for every citizen and baseball players with Hispanic backgrounds.
I don’t see this fading out of the news anytime soon. I see it getting worse.