World Baseball Classic

January 22, 2009

Not five minutes ago I came across a coment board on redsox.com where one particular commenter was either incredibly dense or extremely racist. He commented no less than 5 times, each time he said something even more standoffish about how baseball players from the Dominican Republic are not on the same level with American players. The straw that broke my back was when he was so ingnorant as to say that Dominican children aren’t as good as as American Children because The Dominican Republic hasn’t made an appearance in the little league world series and American teams have won the past four. Now, granted, my family has never been is such dire straits as those of the Dominican Republic are constantly, but I can relate to them. I am an 18 year old man, raised by a single mother, though I do feel lucky that my father has always been there for me and he is the reason why I have such a deep love for the game of baseball. I have a younger sister and brother, both of whom’s fathers had better hope they never meet me in a dark alley because the only thing those two lower than human life forms deserve is a swift kick in the testicles so by the grace of God they won’t be able to have any more children to abandon. But I digress. Most families in the Dominican don’t even have things that good. My Mother, on one salary was somehow able to keep a roof over our head, even after our house was destroyed by flood waters and mold. The house I live in now, which is the same house that was destroyed, infected and infested by water, mold and mice (don’t worry we fixed it) respectively, is a house that most Dominican families would love to have. When we first moved in it was a one bedroom house with a finished basement we converted into three more bedrooms. One bathroom, tiny kitchen, tiny dining room, tiny living room, all on one floor. We “squeeze” a family of four and a dog into this house while a Dominican family of 6 or 7 could fit in here comfortably. So, with the average family in the Dominican barely able to afford a house, how could they be able to afford to buy five kids equipment to play baseball. That’s why in my opinion, Dominican ball players are better than American ball players. We Americans, even those of us who don’t have a ton of money, get to play baseball on a well groomed field with proper equipment and coaching from the age of 6 while most Dominicans don’t get to play on an actual baseball field until they’re 16 or 17 and an American scout comes and sees them hit a bottle cap 400 feet with a broomstick and offers him $750 dollars to leave his family and go to a baseball development camp 200 miles away from home. In the Dominican they play baseball because it’s their only way off the Island and that’s why they try so damned hard, to make a better life for their family not for the fame and fortune like most American ball players do.