The Irony of Immigrants

Baseball, for the most part, takes place in the well-trodden hinterlands of the United States.  Sure, much of the talent may come from various islands off the coast of Florida but ultimately they make their way through towns like Lansing, Peoria and Lehigh in hopes of being called up to Cincinnati, Kansas City or Pittsburgh.  Being a baseball player often means getting an up close and personal lesson on US geography.

At the same time, many of these same fans who cheer for the Venezuelan or Dominican shortstop coming up with the team through the minors fail to see the irony in their universal distaste for immigrants and immigration.  How do you think your Mexican pitching ace got here in the first place, shitforbrains?  Sometimes it’s not so surprising when you consider the fanbase:

While these baseball migrants experience US geography firsthand and slowly learn more about their adopted country, many Americans willingly refuse to learn anything about the world around them.  This is never more apparent than during the Olympic games.

The opening ceremony is a case in point with people scrambling for their atlases as soon as Albania and Algeria march in.  It’s a little more disconcerting when even major US news sources can’t figure out the differences between the countries.

Luckily, though, the swimming, gymnastics and running are almost complete so there’s only one more week until we can go back to ignoring the world.  Even more importantly, we can get back to fighting the menace of immigration.  Well, unless it means picking up your new Japanese pitcher.  Seriously, Texas, how do you think Yu Darvish got there?




  1. kidarepa

    Whoever put that in their car obviously doesn’t know the difference between YOUR and YOU’RE. It is pretty embarrassing that an immigrant has to correct your grammar.

  2. Minoring In Baseball

    I really enjoyed it when I work for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization service. There was a lot of positives to it, and there’s really noting like watching someone take an oath and become a U.S. Citizen. Now, with DHS, I don’t get to experience those types of things anymore. I have nothing against immigration. It’s illegal immigration I have a beef with..

  3. crzblue

    OMG! pretty funny that that person made that mistake.
    I went to the Museum for Art & Folk on Wilshire Blvd here in Los Angeles last Sunday. They currently have a nice baseball exhibition. Their website opens with “Craft and Folk Art Museum” “because a shrinking world requires an expanded mind”

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