Bigotry Debases Baseball

, , , | Friendly | December 20, 2017

(I’m attending a minor-league baseball game. The centerfielder for the local team is a young man with a distinctively Middle Eastern-sounding name. Think something like “Muhammed Shah.”)

Girl Sitting Behind Me: *in tones of strong disapproval* “Muhammed Shah? Where’s he from?”

Boy Sitting Behind Me: *reading from program* “Cincinnati.”

(Mr. Shah, a former all-conference standout, was four for five and despite a sub-par performance by the team’s third base coach, demonstrated some very heads-up base running.)

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