Archive for May 3rd, 2010

The Arizona Republic, Arizona’s largest newspaper, ran a full page editorial on their front page yesterday calling out their state on their “Show Me Your Papers” law.

Here’s part of what they said:  “Arizona politicians are pandering to public fear.  The result is a state law that intimidates Latinos while doing nothing to curb illegal immigration.”

When the Arizona “Show Me Your Papers” law went into effect, Commentary pointed out the implications to Major League Baseball.   It looks like Commentary is still being posted in MLB clubhouses.

Michael Weiner the Executive Director of the Major league Baseball Players Union had this to say this past Friday:  “The impact of the bill signed into law in Arizona last Friday is not limited to the players on one team.  The international players on the Diamondbacks work and, with their families, reside in Arizona from April through September or October.  In addition, during the season, hundreds of international players on opposing Major League teams travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks.  And, the spring training homes of half of the 30 Major League teams are now in Arizona. All of these players, as well as their families, could be adversely affected.  Each of them must be ready to prove, at any time, his identity and the legality of his being in Arizona to any state or local official with suspicion of his immigration status.”

FYI:  Latinos make up 27% of Major League Baseball team rosters so it comes as no surprise that the players union came out in opposition.

Here’s what Padres closer Heath Bell said:   “Baseball is part of the culture of Arizona.  For Arizona to do something like? Mind-boggling.?”

White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen also put in his two cents worth by saying he would boycott next year’s MLB All Star game that will be held in Phoenix.

Hoping to clear the air, Ken Kendrick, the managing partner of the D-Backs, came out in opposition to the measure.

Who was the first Latino elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

R.G. of the Chron had a piece yesterday on the race for governor.  Check it out.

Here’s a line from the piece that caught my eye:  “Perry also is in danger of becoming a cowboy parody of himself much as Republican Clayton Williams did in losing the 1990 governor’s race to underdog Democrat Ann Richards.”

Guv Dude ain’t Clayton Williams.  This is Dude’s sixth statewide race.  He is not a novice when it comes to running.   Dude has been playing the swagger card his entire political career.  Remember the ad a while back where he is leaning back chewing on a piece of straw.  This isn’t new territory for Dude.  What is new is that the national media now has an interest.

I suspect Dude listens to his campaign consultants and they pretty much are packaging him for this race.  So they know what they are doing.

Remember, last year some of us thought Hutch would take him down.  I also said that voters would get tired of his act and vote him out. 

The other thing is we haven’t really seen him in person go after the Former H-Town Mayor.  Yeah, his campaign has gone down the Mr. Bill is a liberal trial lawyer trail, but Dude has spent his time attacking Washington and the President.   Dude himself hasn’t really set his sights on The Former Mayor.

Speaking of, are we in race mode yet?   Does the race begin when the state conventions end?  How about when the first ads run?  How about when we look at the July 15 campaign reports?  Stay tuned!

H-Town CM James Rodriguez is celebrating his 35th BD today!  Jose Soto is celebrating his 41st today!

Yankee pitching great Lefty Gomez got into the Hall of Fame in 1972.  He was Mexican American.

Pirate great Roberto Clemente got into the Hall in 1973.  Clemente was from Puerto Rico.

Red Sox great Ted Williams got into the Hall in 1966.  He was part Mexican American but he never told anybody so some folks say that doesn’t count.  He probably didn’t tell anybody because they probably would have made him play catcher.

The Chron said the ‘Stros would go 9-13 in April.  We went 8-14 and are now 8-16.   When the heart of the batting order – The Big Puma, Numero 45, Pence, and Feliz – is not hitting, bad things happen.  I think it is also time to get Jason Castro up here. 

The D-Backs are in for four starting tonight.

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