Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sheffield opens mouth, says something stupid

According to this ESPN article, Gary Sheffield has told GQ magazine that the reason that there are fewer African-Americans in the major leagues than at virtually any time since integration is because Latin players are "easier to control" than African-Americans.

"I called it years ago. What I called is that you're going to see more black faces, but there ain't no English going to be coming out. … [It's about] being able to tell [Latin players] what to do -- being able to control them," he told the magazine.

"Where I'm from, you can't control us. You might get a guy to do it that way for a while because he wants to benefit, but in the end, he is going to go back to being who he is. And that's a person that you're going to talk to with respect, you're going to talk to like a man.

What hilarious excrement. It takes absolutely zero time to come up with exceptions to Sheffield's rule. Jose Guillen, anyone? Carlos Zambrano? One has been run off of a million teams, and another will be soon. Or, on the African-American side, not all ballplayers are incorrigible idiots like Sheffield. Ken Griffey, anyone? C.C. Sabathia?

I'd like more African-Americans in baseball again, but I do believe that pro sports is the closest thing our society has to a meritocracy. Inner-city blacks just don't play baseball much, so the most talented athletes become pro in basketball and football. There's a smaller pool of African-Americans playing baseball from the get-go. They're not being shut out.

Sheffield has been a moron twice in one week now: first, talking about an umpiring conspiracy, and now this.

I look forward to Sheffield being shouted down.

1 comment:

Venzmama said...

Apparently this man never lived in Venezuela and survived a coup...twice. When I read his statement, I didn't know who to defend. It's demeaning to both races and so stereotypical. What a jerk!