Craig Calcaterra has found himself an “interesting” piece online.
Okay, it isn’t interesting. It’s just more mindless drivel from a racist passing himself off as a “conservative”, but here goes:
Know what? You can read politics into too many things. Like this clown from the Daily Caller, who has decided that Bryce Harper is symbolic of some conservative rebirth, because he hustles and Jason Heyward is symbolic of liberalism because he’s lazy and complacent.
Normally that kind of construction is indicative of some sort of racism too — look at the industrious white man and the lazy black man! — but I think this guy is so enamored of seeing the political in everything that race isn’t even on his mind.
No, his idiocy is pretty much monomaniacally political:
“Bryce Harper is a conservative hero. The star rookie for the Washington Nationals has woken up Major League Baseball, and watching it unfold has reminded me of nothing so much as the collapse of the old political paradigms and the inevitable and upcoming rebirth of conservatism in November …”
Harper is “scrappy” — yes, he uses the word scrappy — because he took an extra base when he hit a single to right against the Braves. Heyward is some old awful liberal because he was slow getting to the ball:
“To me, the play carried even greater symbolic importance. Heyward’s bungle showed a complacency, if not indolence, that Harper threatens to destroy, but it also could be a metaphor for the collapse of the old liberal order. Heyward was like one of those public school teachers who, because they are a union member, can’t be fired and so are relegated to the “rubber room” to sit and read the paper and gather a check for the rest of their lives.”
Craig danced around it some, implying that this was purely politically motivated.
I disagree and think he hit the nail in the head with the other stuff. What the guy really was saying was “that white kid hustled his ass off and quite typically the lazy n***er slacked off”.
So I guess all those times Derek Jeter (of a mixed marriage), Ichiro Suzuki or any other non-white player hustled their ass off for the last decade it didn’t happen, huh? Harper just “invented it” I suppose.
Best of all, the clueless dolt overlooks some BIG points in the landscape of professional sports (you know, like revenue sharing).
As expected this one got some great discussions going on, as one Hardball Talk reader going by “fearlessleader” points out:
There’s no shortage of awesome comments on this article, but this may be my favorite:
“The Nationals picked Harper first overall because they had the worst record in baseball. They didn’t earn that pick through hard work, in fact they worked the least and were rewarded for it. That sounds like income redistribution to me. Bryce Harper is a socialist hero.”