ToBP: What Is Bad Hip?...“Selig knows more about bad hips than he does about being hip.”
This is MLB’s “autopsy report” because the sport is on life support in black communities. We aren’t mad at Selig, though. Whether it’s just for the publicity or genuine concern, he’s making an effort and he needs the help. Selig knows more about bad hips than he does about being hip.
Baseball’s problem is that they rested on their laurels and refer to themselves as an American pastime, instead of getting with the times. They’ve cryogenically frozen their approach to the game in an old-timey mindset instead of making changes to the game and its marketing strategy.
Meanwhile, the hungry black athletes from inner-cities have migrated to the NFL and NBA to make quicker millions.
While the NFL and NBA have embraced black culture, Ken Griffey Jr. was catching pop-up fireballs from baseball’s grey-bearded cognescenti because he wore his cap backwards. Hip-hop was ostracized in MLB for a long time, and they’re just now getting into the game.
In addition, the game’s pace lags behind that of other major professional sports leagues. That affects his popularity among young people in general, but especially African-Americans.
If baseball wants to make a grand gesture that actually means something, they need to take a U-Turn down the Jackie Robinson route. None of the four major professional leagues have ever had an African-American commissioner and Bud Selig retires in 2014. If there’s a viable, young and energetic African-American candidate who is not constrained by the old establishment, it would be a homerun in the black community.
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 07:52 PM | 36 comment(s)
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