John Rocker was right!|
Well, about some stuff.
Monday, January 10, 2000
Don't take the A Train
In the grand tradition of the Brezhnev regime, Major League Baseball is forcing Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker to undergo psychiatric testing for expressing dissident political and social opinions.
Rocker is on the rack for the neo-Orwellian crime of hating New York. "It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."
Saturday Night Live's Colin Quinn commented, "I hate Rocker, but I have to admit the guy has ridden the 7 train."
Of course, when the charge is "multicultural insensitivity," the fact that one is telling the truth only worsens one's guilt.
No doubt, baseball commissioner Bud Selig and the rest of the thought police will be shocked, shocked, to learn from the shrinks that a young closer whose job is to intimidate batters by throwing 95 mph fastballs right under their chins is hot-headed and hostile.
But the rest of us should be shocked by the chilling effect that "sensitivity" is having on free speech.