Saturday, June 18, 2011

MLB and Latinos

The New York Times has an article discussing the silence of Major League Baseball with regard to a) the anti-Latino legislation in Arizona when the All Star Game is going to be held there; and b) the general trend toward taking advantage of players from Latin America, especially those in "baseball plantations" (what a great phrase).

The upshot is that MLB rightfully lionizes Jackie Robinson, but sees him as an historical figure rather than a symbol of an ongoing struggle.

Adrian Gonzalez, the former Padre who is one of my favorite players, has said he is considering boycotting the All Star Game.  He is now (unfortunately for the Padres) on the high-profile Red Sox and is currently first in the AL in batting average, and second in OBP, slugging, and WAR.  He is also highly respected so if he boycotted and others followed suit, it would make a big statement.  It would not be a statement from MLB, but a statement nonetheless.


Defensores de Democracia 8:09 AM  

Sonia Sotomayor is the Famous Lady that "saved Baseball"


SLATE.COM : Supreme Court : Sonia's Triumph - Sotomayor teaches the value of Empathy and sways the Court - Sonia defends a thirteen year old boy, whose Miranda rights are violated by police and school officials - Sonia is New Judicial Star and leads the Court

Remember that Sonia was already a star by reminding the court in her dissent ( U. S. Chamber of Commerce v State of Arizona ) that elephants don't get out of mouseholes ( assuming absurd Congressional Intents by the Supreme Court Majority - in the IRCA or Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 )

Sonia is the new "Brat" in the Supreme Court and is teaching Law and Constitutional Rights to the Left and Right ! - The famous "Wise Latina" turned out to be "wiser" than expected !

Supreme Court Politics is Fun !

Read Me a Story, and My Rights
Sonia Sotomayor shows Samuel Alito the value of judicial empathy.
Thursday, June 16, 2011

By Dahlia Lithwick
Dahlia is a Famous Lawyer that studied in Yale and Stanford, writes now in Newsweek and Slate - Her work has appeared in The New Republic, ELLE, The Ottawa Citizen, and The Washington Post - Provides summaries of and commentary on current United States Supreme Court cases - She clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ( Super Powerful Federal Court in San Franciso ) - Of course !, She is Liberal !


Defensores de Democracia 8:51 AM  

Chicago Sun Times

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to throw first pitch Saturday at Cubs-Yankees game. Scoop.
By Lynn Sweet on June 17, 2011

WASHINGTON--Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will throw out the first pitch Saturday in Chicago, when the Cubs host her team, the New York Yankees, I'm told. After her work on the mound, Sotomayor--raised near Yankees Stadium--will view the rest of the game at Wrigley Field in the stands with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

This will be Sotomayor's second time making the first ceremonial pitch. In 2009, the Bronx native pitched one when the Yankees played the Red Sox.

The Cubs on Friday beat the Yankees 3-1.


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