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Yunel Escobar es Ignorante

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Yunel Escobar es Ignorante

Posted on 20 September 2012 by Dennis Lawson

Douche….Canoe….Captain

Honestly, some Spanish words just sound better than their English counterparts.  While “ignorante” flows off the tongue like the most beautifully heinous Latin invective imaginable, calling Yunel Escobar an “ignorant, homophobic jackass” also has a certain guttural quaintness as well.  Since science yet denies us the ability to truly read another person’s thoughts, we cannot fully know what has gone through Escobar’s mind.  Perhaps more important is what was not going through Escobar’s cranial space each and every time he chose to use an eye black sticker decorated by a homophobic slur.  That leaves us with the tried and true method of simply damning him for his actions based only on the data presented.

Escobar knew exactly what the words meant.  He turned himself into a small, mobile billboard for hate every time he took the field using the stickers.  He failed mightily in protesting his innocence by invoking the “I have gay friends” defense.  By that same logic, I can approve random acts of hate against dumb people, because I know a lot of dumb people.  Life does not in fact work that way.  He basically rattled off a slightly askew version of the “I’m sorry if my actions offended anyone” mantra that so many professional athletes use when they obviously offended more than just a few.  Based on his pathetic attempt at an apology, he still does not fully understand the ramifications of his actions.

Does he really believe that the Latin community as a whole accepts the use of derogatory slang that spews forth hate at gay people?  Apparently, he does.  Mind you, calling someone a “faggot” does not equate to the counter-intuitive custom of slurping out of a bowl while eating to show approval that you find prevalent in some Asian cultures.  This is not the same as the popular yet juvenile act of bestowing a terrible nickname on a good friend in college that may stick with the person for life (ie Spanky or Douche Canoe Captain).  Homophobia might have a reasonable shot at simultaneously being both the most ridiculous and unacceptable form of prejudice in existence.

Racism continues to diminish in many places as an unsustainable prejudice simply due to the prevalence of integrated relationships that produce mixed-race children.  Actually, the relative purity of any single person on the planet merits serious discussion as DNA mapping shows increasingly that genetic markers indicate racial “influence” well beyond what your family tree may show.  Sexism may be alive and well, but it certainly has come a long way in 50 years.  The various talking points for gender gap discussions remain valid in a general sense, but the specifics are changing with each passing year.  I personally reject the notion that gender equality means that a man and a woman with similar educational backgrounds, skill sets, industry experience, professional networks, and tenure should be compensated equally.  What if the woman does a better job or a more efficient one than her male counterpart?  Should we simply stop at expecting her to be equally compensated?  No.  That’s not what “gender equality” should mean.  It should be about equal treatment.

The same should be said for gays and lesbians with a singular difference.  Homophobia makes even less sense in the grand scheme of things.  Hate based on something as arbitrary as skin color or sex seems plain dumb.  Hate based on something not easily observed seems absolutely preposterous.  From 50 feet away, I can usually differentiate between a male and a female of our species.  From that same distance, I can usually pick out an Asian from a non-Asian.  Beyond that, I cannot with much certainty say much else about the person at all.  Perhaps the last possible thing I could identify about a person from that distance is sexual orientation.  I have a better chance of guessing their dog’s name than I do of establishing anything about sexual preference.

Mind you, all people have the right to hate and in turn like whatever they see fit.  At the same time, I also have the right, nay the privilege to point at them and laugh.  I mock them in all ways possible, and no specific person, group, or society can hide from my mocking.  I make jokes at the expense of athletes, celebrities, gays, non-gays, lesbians, non-lesbians, skinny people, overweight people, people who tan too much, people who watch Honey Boo Boo, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, black people, white people, mixed people, people with moles, people with birds, dog people, cat people, Asians, my family members, your family members, and your next door neighbor’s college roommate’s cousin who once appeared on Family Feud in a pair of coveralls.  The difference between Escobar and me is that I make fun of many of these people without necessarily knowing which of the aforementioned categories they fit into.

Does that make me a better person?  Certainly not.  I probably shouldn’t mock anybody, but I do.  It’s a character defect.   You can call me an idiot for behaving the way I do, but you would be hard-pressed to call me a racist, sexist, or homophobic jerk store and back it up with any evidence.  Just the same, Escobar can content himself with moving forward in life under the pretense that it’s okay for him to quietly dislike gay people.  As long as those thoughts do not somehow result in an unkind act, I see no reason to linger on the issue.  He probably could use some kind of counseling or educational process, but he can easily go through life wallowing in his own ignorance.  The only thing that has really changed is that everybody knows just how ignorant he is.  Maybe he would have been better off being thought a fool than wearing the offensive eye black and removing all doubt.

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Finding Keepers:Toronto Blue Jays

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Finding Keepers:Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on 21 March 2012 by Gary Marchese

The Toronto Blue Jays are probably a better team then they seem.  They happen to play in the toughest division in baseball the American League East.  The Blue Jays have been winning 80-85 games which is very good considering they have to take on the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays 19 times a year each.  Here is a look at some guys on their roster who are potential keepers for your fantasy baseball team.

RF Jose Bautista, He is now one of the premier power hitters in the game if not the premier one.  He is a high on base guy also because teams walk him so much.  He wasn’t a fluke two years ago because he followed it up last year.  In the last two years he has hit 97 homeruns.  His best year before the last couple of years was 16 homeruns in one season.  He has also driven in 227 runs and walked 232 times.  Bautista has finally found a home in Toronto and is playing regularly now.

SP Ricky Romero, He is a good young lefty pitcher.  In the last three years he has won 13, 14 and 15 games in that order and lowered his ERA each year.  He had his best year last year when he was 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA.  He is also doing this in the AL East which is impressive.  Romero is a pitcher you would want on your team, any team especially a keeper league.

SS Yunel Escobar has always had a lot of talent.  He started in Atlanta and then was traded to Toronto.  He seems to have settled in as the leadoff hitter there now.  He had a year last year of 290, 11 and 48.  He wont hit many homeruns but has some pop and wont drive in too many runs but he isn’t supposed too.  He will hit for a good average though and has the potential to steal some bases.  I wouldn’t mind building a team around this player.

3B Brett Lawrie is an exciting young player.  We don’t know what he will be yet or his full potential.  He seems to be well on his way though and I wouldn’t want to part with him if he was on my fantasy team.  He made the majors last year and hit 293 with nine homeruns and 25 RBI in 43 games.  He also had a 373 on base percentage.  He looks like a very impressive young man.  I wouldn’t want to part with this guy at all.

Closer Francisco Cordero is a pretty good closer and has been for a while.  He isn’t great but I think you know what your getting with him.  The closer position is important and you want a reliable guy in that position.  If you can’t have Mariano Rivera or Jonathan Papelbon why not a guy like Cordero.  In the last three years he has had 37, 40 and 39 saves.  You can count on getting 35+ saves from him.  His ERA could be in the high twos or low threes but that won’t kill your overall team ERA.

C J.P. Arencibia is a catcher with power.  He hit 23 homeruns last year with 78 RBI.  In the minor leagues in 2010 he hit 32 homeruns.  If your looking for power from the catching position then I would keep him around on my team.  If your looking for average your not going to get it as he only hit 219 last year.

If there is anyone on this list that you feel I have missed please let me know.  You can comment on the article and if you have twitter you can reach me @gmarchesej.  Thanks for reading as always and I hope you continue to enjoy my colleagues and I finding keepers articles.

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