Nobody devotes more time, energy, money, and yes, love and
adoration, toward baseball players, so it was the true sign of the times that we
just lost the World Baseball Classic to TWO NON-professional teams where
baseball is about as popular as watching the grass grow. To Koreans and
Japanese, the REAL sport is soccer and only has-beens play baseball. Our
lack of "news" media coverage of our catastrophe there was exceeded only by the
dominance of its coverage of our new multicultural sports teams.
So how then do we, the new multi-cultural empire, explain our
resounding LOSS in true open, honest competitions against two NON-multicultural
nations like Korea and Japan at BOTH the Olympics in Japan and the recent World
[ACTUAL World] Baseball Classic? Is this an example of the finest we can
expect from affirmative action--REAL baseball players no longer play in American
games because they're ousted, pushed aside, and displaced by affirmative action
Blacks. Isn't this the same thing that happened in
basketball, where WHITES had won the Olympic gold
medal for most of 58 straight years, dominating WORLD basketball, only to let
affirmative action Blacks in and come home with a BRONZE medal?
I'm one of those anti-Americans whose always HATED, not loved,
baseball. It's only been a few times that I've succumbed to the pressure
to take the kids to the baseball game. So for me to watch an entire baseball
game really tells you something about this game between Japan and Korea.
It was an absolutely awesome game won by people who wore their RACE on their
FACE with no qualms whatsoever. I felt PROUD for both RACES even though I,
a former resident of both countries whose best students and best
teachers are there, consider them to be our arch-enemies in more ways than one.
The "American" team, conversely, was more boring than it was
disgraceful, just as our "American" basketball "dream team" was. No wonder
the BEST American athletes no longer get excited about either game--who wants to
be associated with "professional sports" which spend more time trying to prop up
failed criminal American drug using Blacks as "heroes" than it does on true
sportsmanship? And to be real candid, which real self-respecting White man
relishes the prospect of showering with Blacks? Don't most of those Whites
now sell insurance, or even Chinese manufactured shoes, rather than compete in
The next time you want to see the TRUE value of
multiculturalism, watch the WORLD baseball games, the WORLD basketball games, or
depress yourself to the point of suicide by studying our utterly dismal WORLD
TIMSS or PISA scores (and, don't
forget my warning "I told you so").
SEOUL, South Korea – It may be time to forget about the World Series as the
premier event of baseball – or at least to stop calling World Series winners
How about the World Baseball Classic, the true “world series?” The second WBC
roared to an exciting climax on Tuesday afternoon here, Monday night in LA’s
Dodger Stadium, with Japan’s tenth-inning 5-3 victory over a determined South
Korean team that managed to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth after
trailing most of the evening.
Ichiro Suzuki, whose eight seasons of 300-plus batting averages and 100-plus
runs scored for the Seattle Mariners have yet to give him the chance to play in
a World Series, drove in two runs in the top of the tenth. That was one more
than enough for victory over Korea, which failed to produce in the bottom of the
The fact that a name known to American baseball fans got the game-winning
run-batted-in for Japan only underlined the internationalization of the sport –
and the place of foreign players in the sport once known as “the great American
pastime.” The only US major leaguer on the Korean team, Choo Shin Soo, an
outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the
fifth with a lead-off home run.
There was no disputing the fanaticism of fans in both Korea and Japan, not to
mention the 54,846 devotees, many of them from southern California’s large
Korean-American and Japanese-American communities, who filled Dodger Stadium.
Nor was there any doubt who the Japanese think are the real world champions.
“No. 1 in the world,” was how Japan’s proud manager, Tatsunori Hara,
characterized his team, which knocked an injury-plagued US team out of
contention in the semi-final to meet regional rival Korea.
With the game beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday in this time zone, TV screens and
radios distracted “salarymen” throughout both countries until the noon lunch
hour, when many gave up all pretense of work and stayed glued to the game until
it ended nearly two hours later. In the frigid air outside, crowds stared up at
huge overhead TV screens or ducked into nearby restaurants to watch the game.
For Koreans and Japanese, the game carried far more significance than Red
Sox-Yankee-type rivalries. There was a huge issue of pride, with two historic
foes carrying the flag for their countries. As they came into the WBC final,
each team had defeated the other two times in this series alone.
South Korea won the gold medal in last year’s Beijing Olympics, defeating the
Japanese twice on the way, and also defeated Japan twice in the first WBC in
2006, though Japan won the championship by beating Cuba in the final. (Read the
Monitor’s coverage of the first WBC
And South Korea garnered a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics, defeating – who
else – Japan, which had shut out the Koreans earlier in that series.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak caught the nationalist spirit of the
match-up in a congratulatory message after South Korea’s loss. Thanking “our
players for doing their best with great love for their country,” he said in his
message, “I believe the confidence the players and our people won through the
tournament has greater value than victory.”
Those words no doubt consoled some of the saddened fans – at least until the
next WBC series.