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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Pinkmonkeybird on NARN

Today on the Northern Alliance Radio Network a Minnesota Twins baseball fanblogger guested during the irreverent and often frivolous third hour of programming.

I'm a baseball fan. But I'm not a fan of Major League Baseball. I explained why in an email to NARN during the show. I neglected to save a copy of my message, but it was succinct. This devotion of an hour to sports is a waste of time when it replaces important discussion of the political issues of the day, i.e., Sandy Berger's crimes, Kofi Annan's crimes and Tom DeLay's trying times.
Major League pro players are on steroids, the Twins play indoors, the organization management regularly tries to blackmail the state of Minnesota into buying them a new stadium, the players go on strike when they don't like their contract, they're overpaid and they have little respect for the fans when their greedy demands are not met.

I further pointed out that I am a Saint Paul Saints fan because they have a beautiful outdoor stadium with real grass and the players of that league are paid the appropriate compensation for playing a little boys' game.

Naturally, the NARN boys made the obvious arguments on air;

  • Sports are important. They bring a cathartic release to the populace.
  • The St. Paul Saints, though beloved, play an inferior game.
  • The big money in the game brings the best competitors before the public.

These are good points. But at what cost?

Essentially, these arguments allow the Minnesota Twins organization to blackmail the state into buying their much needed new stadium with a retractable roof for them. This, so that the people of the region may be privileged to enjoy the cathartic release of quality major league baseball, despite the fact that it is sullied with steroid enhancement drugs that mar the history of the game. This, while offering no assurance that the game will not be cancelled if their greedy demands for more money are not satisfied to the degree that their insatiable appetites demand.

Major League Baseball is sick.

It's long past time to pull the tube.


  • At 9:31 PM, Blogger R-Five said…

    I heard you on NARN, good call, but baseball doesn't have to be an either-or. I enjoy watching baseball at every level, as long as they throw overhand and keep score.

    The Saints put on a good show and part of that show is the fact that it isn't MLB. MLB in turn is definitely better ball. And we can have both as long as a reasonable free market exists.

  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    I enjoyn a good baseball game, too. I've been known to tune in to a Twins game now and then. But my interest is merely casual. In 1991 I marched through the streets of downtown Minneapolis yelling "We're Number One." At least, I think that was the year.

    All that changed when MLB players went on strike and cancelled the World Series. It illustrated that MLB doesn't care about the fans. How many more years do we have to listen to the organization come back to us and say, "We know you said before you wouldn't buy us a new stadium, but now will you? 'Cos if you won't we'll leave your stupid little cow town."

    You're being had.

  • At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And we can have both as long as a re ifGamesasonable free market exists.


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