Peter Kerasotis, Florida Today (Melbourne), Aug. 16
I understand where Felipe Alou is coming from. I really do.
In a recent postgame rant about the San Francisco Giants baseball team that Alou manages, KNBR talk-show host Larry Krueger said the Giants have too many brain-dead Caribbean hitters hacking at slop nightly.
Alou, who is from the Dominican Republic, was offended. Over-the-top offended.
So offended that he publicly called Krueger the messenger of Satan.
After an initial suspension, followed by several days of deliberations, with increasing heat from Alou as well as a feeding frenzy from the Bay Area media, KNBR fired Krueger and two other employees.
So, yes, I understand where Felipe Alou is coming from, and I can appreciate why he was outraged. But where was the outrage two summers ago when one of Alous own players told a national magazine this: Baseball is in trouble. Its becoming a Latin and all-white game.
Who would say such a thing? Who would openly complain about the growing influence of Latin players in baseball? And who would do so even while his own manager is Latino?
Barry Bonds, thats who.
The same Barry Bonds who, when asked before the home-run derby at the 1996 All-Star game whether he had a bet with other players, replied: My agent is Jewish. They call me a black Jew. I guess Im part Jewish because I dont spend a lot of money or make a lot of bets.
The same Barry Bonds who said he wasnt interested in Hank Aarons record 755 home runs, but rather Babe Ruths 714 home run mark, because Ruth was a white player during an era when there werent blacks in the major leagues.
The only number Im concerned with is Babe Ruths, Bonds intoned. As a left-handed hitter, I wiped him out. Thats it. And in the baseball world, Babe Ruth is everything, right? I got his slugging percentage, I got him on on-base, I got him on walks and then Ill take his home run record and thats it. Dont talk about him no more.
Yes, the same Barry Bonds that former major leaguer Ron Kittle says refused to sign some autographs for him that would go to a charity auction for cancer victims, telling Kittle, I dont sign for white people.
Does anybody else detect a double standard here?
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