May 1, 2010

YOU CAN HARDLY OVERSTATE THE POTENTIAL EFFECT ON THE D'BACKS FRANCHISE...:

Consequences could follow illegal immigration law (Kevin Baxter, 4/29/10, Chicago Tribune)

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-New York) said baseball "should not pass up the opportunity" to oppose legislation critics believe will lead to racial profiling and other civil-rights violations.

"Baseball and the Latin community, it's a close relationship," Serrano said in a telephone interview from the House floor. "Latinos, they will be the ones, more than anyone else, who will be stopped on the street in violation of their constitutional rights. … States (that) make those decisions need to know that there are consequences to those decisions." [...]

Pulling baseball's annual showcase out of Phoenix could cost the state more than $40 million, a baseball spokesman estimated. Arizona lost out on another treasured sporting event when the the NFL pulled the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe after the state rescinded the federal holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. Since voters reinstated the holiday, two Super Bowls have been played in Arizona.

Serrano said issues such as immigration and racial profiling should be important to baseball because 27 percent of the players on Opening Day rosters were born outside the United States. [...]

Organizers of the boycott, who have received promises of support from organizers in five states the Diamondbacks will visit this season, say they targeted the team for its visibility and because owner Ken Kendrick is a major financial backer of Republican politicians who promoted the bill.

"For the Kendrick family to support people who are engaged in this kind of repression against a segment of the population without actually supporting other efforts, that's why they're a target," said Tony Herrera of Unidos en Arizona.

The Diamondbacks issued a statement acknowledging Kendrick's support of Republican candidates but noting his personal opposition to the new law.


...the Red Sox have had to go out and acquire two obviously declining black players this year just to counteract their image as a racist organization so they can compete for Carl Crawford next off-season.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2010 11:09 AM
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