Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Munenori Kawasaki Newsbeat

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MUNENORI KAWASAKI AND THE HISTORY OF RACIAL MASCOTS

The Cubs, who’ve become known for having one of the more relaxed camps in the game, indulged in some Spring Training levity, donning headbands featuring the phrase “Just Win” in Japanese, and went about their team warmups to the sound of some pop hits. That’s when the day truly veered into the queasy: “Kung Fu Fighting” and “Gangnam Style” blared from speakers as the Cubs did their kinetic warmups. If you think about it even for a little bit of time, that doesn’t really make any sense, unless you’re willing to group all Asian cultures together in one big “foreign” pot, thereafter to serve as a theme.

Maddon acknowledged the infringement upon political correctness that the sequence of events posed, in a preemptive strike against the thinkpieces that would surely flurry soon after. “Political correctness has been at an all-time high over the last couple of decades,” Jesse Spector quoted Maddon as saying, “We’re not trying to hurt anybody, it was all in fun.” Other teammates and coaches summed up the situation by commenting on Kawasaki’s outstanding character and echoing their manager’s sentiments. Kris Bryant said that Kawasaki is “hilarious,” praised the new Cub’s desire to learn, and called the song routine “one of [Bryant’s] favorite skits that [he’s] ever seen here.”

While there’s no reason not to believe Maddon’s “we’re only having fun” assertion—Kawasaki reportedly consented to the antics, and in fact organized the headbands—Maddon’s dismissal of political correctness still rings a bit hollow, considering the Cubs’ and Major League Baseball’s uneasy relationship with its relatively few Asian and Asian-American players, as well as the history of teams and fandoms pigeonholing players of color into mascot-like roles

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, japanese, munenori kawasaki, race in baseball

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sheer Tim Foli
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogReplay catches Albert Pujols off bag and costs LA Angels in loss at Texas
(30 - 3:27pm, May 01)
Last: There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow

NewsblogOTP 2016 April 25: Forget politics, baseball season in full gear
(1745 - 3:25pm, May 01)
Last: I'm not Black I'm Orange Julius

Newsblog5-1-16 OMNICHATTER
(58 - 3:24pm, May 01)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(971 - 3:21pm, May 01)
Last: PJ Martinez

NewsblogMiami Herald: MLB has suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games after he tested positive for PEDs
(59 - 3:11pm, May 01)
Last: jacksone (AKA It's OK...)

NewsblogSherman: How baseball enticed Dee Gordon to use PEDs
(46 - 3:08pm, May 01)
Last: Khrushin it bro

NewsblogWho Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong
(7 - 2:55pm, May 01)
Last: BDC

NewsblogAstros, Rangers Exploring Carolina League Teams
(5 - 2:18pm, May 01)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogAn oral history of Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run
(11 - 2:16pm, May 01)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogOT: Soccer March/April 2016
(714 - 2:14pm, May 01)
Last:  Shoeless Swedish Chef

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1992 Ballot
(11 - 1:42pm, May 01)
Last: John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy

NewsblogBeyond the Boxscore: Joe Mauer is back.
(9 - 1:36pm, May 01)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogExploring how MLB has turned Yankee Stadium against Yankees | New York Post
(3 - 1:32pm, May 01)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Newsblog4-30 OMNICHATTER
(107 - 8:47am, May 01)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogOt: 2015-2016 NHL Thread
(248 - 1:09am, May 01)
Last: PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth)

Page rendered in 1.2186 seconds
50 querie(s) executed