Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Politics in Baseball

Washington D.C has long been home to some of the world's greatest leaders and some of its weakest baseball. However, this year, the new Washington Nationals have suprised everybody, including themselves, and are atop the National League East with a comfortable 4.5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves, who are in second place.
However, the team is still owned by Major League Baseball, and various bidders have emerged as potential owners of the flourishing franchise. Among them is a former partner of George W. Bush, from the days when the president was a part-owner of the Texas Rangers, Fred Malek. However, another prominent name in the mix is Billionaire George Soros, an outspoken opponent of Bush. In an article titled DC Wants Owner as Red as the Uniforms, a columnist for the South Bend Tribune, Jim Kelly, discusses how Congress could prevent a liberal like George Soros from prospering as the owner of a baseball team. He includes a quote from the chairman of the government reform committee, Tom Davis (R-VA), who said that "congress understands the stakes" of selling the team to Soros.
Interestingly enough, one of the controversies detailed in Kelly's article , as well as in a similar article that appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, was the name changes that could occur depending on the political affiliation of the owner. The New Yorker writer, who is apparently skeptical of current politics, suggested naming the team The Lobbyists, since apparently they have more power than senators. Kelly said that if Soros took over the team would go from the Nationals to the United Nations.
Personally, the present writer believes that the team should be named after whatever political party is currently in power on Capitol Hill. Perhaps that would motivate people to vote out incumbents at a greater rate than they do now.


At 1:03 AM, Blogger Tommie Lee said...

Thanks for the link to my blog in your story. Your writing style is quite solid. I'll add your blog to my links.


At 8:18 AM, Blogger Sam said...

Another one of Bush's "partners," so to speak, is in the bidding. Colin Powell has signed on to be a major investor with a huge DC-based bid. Perhaps Bush will find a way back into baseball if one of his friends can get the ownership. He's always wanted to be baseball's commissioner, you know.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Jack said...

Mr. Meaty- Thanks a lot, i'm just getting started here so it's great to get support.

Sam- I'm suprised to hear that about Colin Powell. However,it seems like a former president will have no problem getting into baseball if he wants.


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