An International Incident

galarraga_donald.jpgA friend of mine came into town from Venezuela a week ago and she came bearing gifts.  The first thing she handed me was a thoughtful yet dangerous history of the American cocktail.  So many recipes, so little time.  Next up was what is surprisingly my first Scrabble set. 

But the final item, although the smallest, was really what got me excited.  It’s a calendar handed out by the US embassy in Caracas where each month features a different Venezuelan major leaguer.  Of course there was the requisite Johan Santana and K-Rod but when I reached November and Miguel Cabrera swinging a bat, that was when I realized just how great of a gift it was.

I didn’t realize how amazing it was, though, until I turned the final page to an unknown pitcher for the Tigers.  Well, unknown at the time.  In the last couple days I think the entire country, even someone who has never watched a baseball game in their life, now knows who Armando Galarraga is.

And with all the events of the last couple days, I got to thinking.  Despite MLB’s reliance on Venezuelan superstar players, relations
between the two countries are not exactly warm.  Was it possible that Joyce’s blown call at first base was actually a conspiracy?  Was this a subtle thumbing of the nose toward the often belligerent president of Venezuela?  And if so, why, two days later, has Mr. Chavez still not weighed in on the subject?

We don’t have answers to these questions but with the weekend approaching and another edition of El Presidente’s weekly diatribe, “Alo Presidente”, set to hit the airwaves, you can be sure he’ll have something to say.  And as always, we here at RSBS will make sure to keep you updated on all the events.  Well, unless we get sucked into that first gift.  Who knew you could do so much with whiskey, sugar and a lemon?


Special thanks to L for the calendar and all the other gifts.  Be safe down there.



  1. devilabrit

    That book is priceless, keep it away from Jeff and eBay, it has even more value if you live near the beach, maybe you do, so many mixers can have happy endings on the beach… memories…oouch! back to present day… conspiracies I love conspiracies…


  2. raysrenegade

    Got to love a friend bearing gifts.
    American cocktail guide, impressive…Scrabble set…. she sees the intelligence…But a Venezuelan baseball calendar with Miggy in it……she is a “keeper” friend.
    There are some great baseball talents from that oil-rich country, and most MLB teams have been smart to expand their scouting and Winter team to that countries locale.
    I bet there was not Rays catcher Dioner Navarro month…unless they have a Krispy Kreme down there….You can not have a picture of the Stay-Puff man without a donut….Ask Homer!

    Rays Renegade

  3. Michael David

    I think Joyce sounded pretty sincere in his apology. Selig is the one I have a problem with for not over turning it. I don’t think there is one fan, coach, player, announcer, or umpire who wouldn’t like to see Galarraga get credit for what he earned.

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