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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
It’s rarely pretty when our young conservatives try to “hip” themselves to popular culture in general, but their attempts at wedging sports into the ongoing shouting match between the voices in their heads are usually the most hilarious. (A while back, The Weekly Standard essayed an all-sports issue that actual sportswriters laugh at to this day. I mean, honestly, Fred Barnes on the NBA? That would have been like sending young Bill Kristol to CBGB back in the day.) This is an attempt to enlist Bryce Harper, the authentic phenom of the Washington Nationals — and I’m not kidding, he came into Fenway and lit the joint on fire a week or so ago, and you should see him if you have the chance — into the author’s [Mark Judge] personal quest for a guest slot on Hannity. ...
Let us begin with the lead, wherein the author makes sure we know right from the opening pitch that this is more than just his appreciation of a young baseball player’s talents:
In other words, Bryce Harper is a conservative hero because my own very bizarre interpretation of his ascendance makes him one. Bear in mind, I can look at a tackhammer, and it will remind me of nothing so much as the collapse etc. etc. etc. SOROS!!!
Yes, because no player in the past three decades ever has taken an extra base on a dilatory outfielder. Then, everybody read Hayek’s Baseball Abstract, and started hustling again. And surely I’m not the only person who’s noticed that the hustling white player and the lazy black player — baseball archetypes since the author’s grandfather was playing in the segregated major leagues — have made an appearance here, which is surely accidental.
Joe Judge not, lest ye be Judged.
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