“Can it be that liberal San Francisco does not really care whether thousands of its residents are made criminals due to racist attacks on the current generation of predominately Latino immigrants? Based on the city’s inaction, it is difficult to draw a contrary conclusion.” (Randy Shaw, BeyondChron, 3-27-06)
The only reason Mr. Shaw finds it hard to draw another conclusion is that he is blinkered by his “progressive” ideology. The reality is that people of goodwill can differ on this issue without being racists. In fact it’s not about race at all. It’s long been a left-wing assumption that the US should open its southern border to whoever wants to enter, a dubious notion that is even more dubious since 9/11. BeyondChron has rightly been concerned about the conditions facing black people in SF, so what about all the jobs taken by illegal immigrants that could go to US-born black people? As someone who has been doing kitchen work for years, it’s striking to me how Spanish-speaking folks—wonderful workers and great people, to be sure—are now dominating that labor pool and how few black people there are. And then there is this reality confronted by anyone who actually labors for a living: An unlimited supply of foreign workers—whether legal or illegal—undermines the wage scale for everyone. That’s a class issue, not a race issue.
Regards, Rob Anderson http://district5diary.blogspot.com/
Dear Mr. Shaw.
After reading your article entitled “The surprising*” thoroughly anyone should admit that you have been objective enough as to go deep into the essence and spirit of baseball.
This ‘pastime’ as you named it, let’s better say*a sport which has been attributed to Americans is a collective kind of sport. If we start the analysis by acknowledging precisely this, then we could talk of individualities.
No one can deny that individuals exert an important influence in a team, but the error relies in considering them the center of the universe. Society exerts a decisive influence in how a person behaves in any of the manifestations of life, and when a group of people is decided to reach a goal, there is no force whatsoever forbidding them to reach it.
Politics is just a horse of a different color.
In this case, I’d rather prefer to set politics aside, or we would be debating for weeks. Let’s just say that we should not judge anyone’s decision to attend a competition like this, but being this the first of such important events, and also taking into account what it could mean to re-insert baseball in the Olympic Games, the leader of one of the top-power nations in this world representing the country where baseball was originated should have attended at least one of the games*But don’t worry Mr. Shaw if he missed the chance, the worse for him*
On these days we have been reading articles written by famous American sports writers in which they highlight the participation of Cuba in the tournament.
I feel there is a complete lack of knowledge or memory of what Cuba has represented to the United States and to the rest of the world in terms of playing baseball.
Prior to 1959 it was customary that Cuban and American players shared in tournaments to play here or there, and precisely Cuba was the biggest supplier of talents to your “World Series”. After 1959, Cuba continued playing baseball and although its players were no longer professionals in status new and new generations grew up and showed their skills at the National Series, and international amateur events, not concentrated in four teams as in the past (Almendares, Habana, Marianao, and Cienfuegos), but extended all throughout the island now with 16 teams representing every province.
So, if there were 10 or 20 good players before 1959, now we have twice or thrice as many good players than in the past. That is for you to compare.
But as I said at the beginning, baseball is a team sport.
Questioning whether a person may or may not change the course of history shouldn’t be a problem* of course he may, but no man is an island, and no matter how hard he tries, he could never reach to succeed alone.
In the case of Cuba, there is an extra-ingredient. More than 40 years of blockade has made a counter-effect of what was conceived to overthrow socialism on the island. A sentiment of strong nationalism has grown among the inhabitant of this country and whenever a group of our fellow citizens go wherever to represent the nation, a solid block of passion raises.
The blockade was conceived in the 60’s to weaken and separate the Cubans, now we feel quite different instead.
Furthermore, our players, scouts, and trainers are not a bunch of improvised and inexpert amateurs, but gladiators willing to risk everything to reach their common goal, and in this case the goal was winning at the World Baseball Classic.
So you may guess that what happened in Puerto Rico, and later on in California was something that could be expected from them.
However, people in Cuba are not blind, nor deaf. We knew whom we would be playing with, and the rivals were indeed brave and brilliant, but susceptible to fail as any other human being.
Only a team playing with such a patriotic faith and fervor could defeat us, and so it happened in the case of Japan whose team manager’s expertise and wisdom made the indispensable changes at the right moment*otherwise, Cuba had been the world champion, to please the more than 40 000 people gathered at Petco Park.
The Cuban endeavor, discipline, enthusiasm and merry game delighted crows in San Juan and San Diego alike, and the sportsmanship of its team was also noticeable in the so many opportunities they shared with professionals after the games were over, either by posing for photographs or chatting with them and with the press.
Even when we lost*.
But, there are times in which you win even when you lose.
Just quite the opposite happened to the American team, carefully conceived to win, full of stars and placed in a pool where they were supposed to easily get to semi-finals. Unfortunately, they not only missed the chance to be there, but also lost in every imaginable way.
We would have liked to play with the Americans at the final game but apathy and excessive confidence on their part made them watch the game from the stands.
Unbelievable but true, and now we have a real World Champion, not the New York Yankees, or the Chicago White Sox, but Japan
And a champion of dignity and sacrifice whose players are not professionals from the point of view of the money they earn but professionals in their hearts*Cuba.
From this beloving island in the Caribbean.
Sincerely yours. Jose Luis
Re. “Wealthy Developer Tries to Stop Rebuilding of Trinity Plaza” (March 28, 2006):
It’s interesting to learn about the challenge by AGI Capital Group to the Sangiacomo and Trinity Properties plan.
The merits and issues of the AGI Capital Group’s plan and that of the Sangiacomo’s and Trinity Properties can be examined publicly and debated.
One needs to remember, however, that the Sangiacomo and Trinity Properties’ real estate empire in San Francisco has not left a trail filled with legal actions or good deeds to San Franciso’s renters and tenants.
When my family and I lived at Sangiacomo’s Trinity Properties’ Marina Cove Apartments, the ownership exposed my family and other tenants there to construction debris, dust, and toxic chemicals while they were renovating their apartment complex to a more upscale cosmetic design. While we were looking for another place to move to, the ownership sent their goons to our apartment after midnight to loudly bang on the front door of our apartment and harass us, goons who conveniently knew precisely when to leave the premises right before the San Francisco Police Department arrived at our address after we called for police help. The Sangiacomo ownership blatantly did not return our security deposit, even though when we moved, we left our dwelling at Marina Cove Apartments in immaculate condition – after it had been professionally cleaned and then inspected by 2 individuals, including a resident at Marina Cove who is a state licensed engineer.
During this whole series of experiences at Marina Cove Apartments, Sangiacomo’s Trinity Properties harassed our family with various tools it employed, including maneuverings from their landlord attorney – – whom, paradoxically, it was known, had worked as a tenants’ lawyer prior to working for Sangiacomo and Trinity Properties.
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