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Nationalism, Racism and the Joe Carter Walk-Off
Posted: 31 August 2007 02:18 AM   [ Ignore ]

That’s the title of a book that explores American attitudes toward anything non-American.  Makes some interesting points such as the rating of American sporting events like the Bobby Thomson Home Run which a) only meant a League title not a World Series plus there were 20,000 empty seats in New York b) the century old practice of 100 m. champ being fastest man on earth suddenly challenged by Michael Johnson in 1996 because a Canadian won the 100 m in World Record time. A record that he held for a long time apparently.
  The thesis is if Americans are so short sighted and biased about insignificant sporting events then imagine how emotional they are when going to the polls, or helping others, or acknowledging any achievement that’s non- American.

Posted: 31 August 2007 03:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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LOL @ Stupid Asians calling Youkilis a “Bald cheater” today. Idiots didn’t know the MLB existed before 2005

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Posted: 02 September 2007 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Because the Japanese were so gracious and “long-sighted” when Alex Cabrera was trying to break Oh’s single season home run record…

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

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Posted: 03 September 2007 04:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I hate Joe Carter because he’s black, not because he’s non-American.

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Posted: 08 September 2007 08:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Of course, Joe Carter is an American and the walkoff home run was an American feat, so it would be kind of odd to have a bias against that - he just happened to be playing for a Canadian company at the time.  Nobody complains about Dennis Martinez setting the record for most wins by a Hispanic pitcher, even though he never played for a non-American/Canadian team.

My favorite example of this type of thing was a wrestling match about 15 years ago.  Fans were chanting U-S-A!  U-S-A! to support a Canadian wrestler (that everyone knew was Canadian) when he had a match against an American portraying a Japanese wrestler.

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Posted: 08 September 2007 11:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
dahlian built Jesus’ hot rod - 02 September 2007 10:01 AM

Because the Japanese were so gracious and “long-sighted” when Alex Cabrera was trying to break Oh’s single season home run record…

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Who are “the Japanese”?

I feel you, but it’s not like Cabrera was universally reviled. It just happened that the record-holder had plenty of power to prevent the record from being broken…
...and failed that test.

Posted: 01 October 2007 10:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]

Bobby Thompson’s HR happened when baseball was undoubtedly king, in the largest media center ever, in one of the biggest rivalries ever (Giants v. Dodgers).  It also capped off a stretch when the Giants went 37-7 to pass the Dodgers to win the pennant (not against a all but dead Phillies team)...If the MLB thought that Philly and Toronto had has big of a rivalry because of Joe Carter’s HR, then they would play every year in interleague.  Oh yeah…Joe Carter’s home run was hit after 10 p.m. e.s.t.  That’s the problem with MLB and NBA…you gotta stay up to see the good stuff…