Baseball is awesome. Japan is awesome. Baseball in Japan is super awesome.
This would be awesome, if it does happen. I have to believe there are enough people who’d support this dude that the inevitable atavistic knuckle-draggers would be drowned out.
Also, is it weird and selfish that I hope the player’s a Giant? Because I think that would be awesome!
Also: The obvious comparison is Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
Doug Barry writes a great piece about our culture’s worship of sports heroes using the real-life inspiration for The Natural as his starting point. He doesn’t make the obvious next step of connecting that hero worship to the kinds of attitudes that enable a thing like Steubenville, though. And he’s so close! I kept waiting for that leap, but he never took it.
The way we whitewash the actions of these dues is both surprising and saddening. Athletes aren’t, and shouldn’t be, heroes. They’re good at playing a game and that’s fun to watch. It’s fun to root for your team. But let’s not hold up skill at a particular task as a referendum on a person’s character.