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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

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Racism’s Going Nowhere Fast

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A-Rod’s Suspension

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Dirty Secret of Some Pro Sports Leagues: They’re Nonprofits

There’s a ripple of movement in Congress to strip nonprofit status from pro sports businesses such as the NFL and PGA, raising fresh questions about why taxpayers should support billion-dollar entertainment industries.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE


Baseball Blues

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Baseball’s Biggest Problem

In the bad news for baseball, drugs aren’t the problem.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE


A-Rod

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MVP

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A-Roid

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Baseball Steroids

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Suspended

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Waiting for ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s story has been oddly neglected by Hollywood—until now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Hope’s Opening Day

The obligations of religious toleration and pluralism require all who care not a bit about baseball to accept that Opening Day is more than the beginning of a sports season. It is a great religious festival.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 READ MORE



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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



AP/M. Spencer Green, File

Barry Bonds, Baseball and the Redemption of America

The slugger’s saga speaks directly to matters of justice, ethics, historical memory, the role of media and spectacle at the beginning of the 21st century, and, of course, the priorities of business. As such, this contemporary tragedy reflects a country that seems adrift, morally challenged, in decline and with a profound loss of faith in established institutions.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE


Induction

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Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Kathy Willens

Major League Baseball Player Suspended Over Gay Slur

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar came out onto the field during a game Saturday against the Boston Red Sox with “tu ere maricon” written in Spanish on his eye black, which translates to “you are a faggot.”

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



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How Baseball Explains Modern Racism

New analysis of statistics gleaned from baseball provides a larger lesson about conditioned behavior in our institutionally racist society.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Moneyball’ Isn’t a Home Run

“Moneyball” is a good story and people who have little interest in baseball don’t need to fear it. On the other hand, it has its largely overlooked problems.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Suzanne Plunkett

9/11 and the Damage Done

On the day the towers fell, furies flew out of the hole in the ground and like all restless spirits, they headed west. I did not realize it at the time, of course, but did have the sense a few days after the dust began to settle at Ground Zero that things had shifted, a feeling that we all had, as if the world itself had gone off its axis.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

The War of the McCourts

The story of Frank and Jamie McCourt, who turned the Dodgers into their own piggy bank, lived a life of mortgaged royalty and then decided to destroy one another, is like something out of Tom Wolfe.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Feds Call Baseball Great Clemens Foul

The Rocket is headed for the docket. Roger Clemens has been indicted for allegedly lying to Congress about his steroid use. How foolish of Clemens to testify without first procuring an insurance company or a bank, or offering his services as a military contractor. Doesn’t he know how Washington works?

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Frank Franklin II

George Steinbrenner’s Evil Empire

The Boss didn’t leave his heirs a baseball team but a financial empire that can never be rivaled, villains you can depend on and a legacy like Sherman’s to Georgia.

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AP / Julie Jacobson

How Baseball Became America vs. the Damn Yankees

Baseball has always proceeded according to the law of the jungle with the Yankees as King Kong, but in the past even they never dominated financially as they do now.

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AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Eric Draper

Shock and Aw: Getting Over the Sins of ’98

This just in: With all forgiven, Mark McGwire makes Hall of Fame. Who knows, it may even happen in his lifetime.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


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D.J. Waldie on the Cult of Baseball

“The Opposite Field,” a memoir by Jesse Katz, is a moving meditation about baseball, politics, and the unease of negotiating a new kind of American place.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Mark A. Fischer on Joe Torre

Just how important is a baseball team’s manager to how well a team performs? A new book by one of baseball’s giants attempts an answer. You be the judge.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Bush Gets Ballpark Honor

Some presidents have been so revered that cities were named after them. So far, it’s been slim pickings for George W. Bush, whose list of honors now includes having his name on the owner’s suite at the Texas Rangers’ baseball stadium. It’s a fitting tribute for the man who once co-owned the team and a reminder of how different the world might be if only he’d kept that job.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE


Naming Rights

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Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Et Tu, A-Rod?

Yet another top MLB player’s reputation has been besmirched by use of performance-enhancing drugs: Take a bow, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez. The Yankees star admitted Monday that he’d dabbled in steroids years ago in a moment of high pressure and youthful indiscretion. He said the drug use occurred only while he played for the Texas Rangers.

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE



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Bailout Ballpark

The U.S. taxpayer is on the hook for more than $300 billion of Citigroup’s junk investments, so where did the ailing bank find $400 million to put its name on the New York Mets’ new stadium?

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Gets Booed

After throwing the first pitch of the 2001 World Series, President Bush said he “felt the raw emotion” of the fans. The same could be said for his latest trip to the mound, where he endured the boos of thousands.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


Take Me Out to the BALCO

On April 2, 2002, the Los Angeles Dodgers played a home game against the San Francisco Giants, raising the question: If both pitcher and batter are artificially enhanced, does that level the playing field?

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Mitchell’s December Surprise

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Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Lance Williams on Barry Bonds

The “Game of Shadows” co-author shares his thoughts on Barry Bonds’ legal woes, the impact of steroids on sports and how Nancy Pelosi helped to keep him (Williams) out of jail.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Barry Bonds

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Giuliani’s Pandering Backfires

The first big scandal confronting Rudy Giuliani in his presidential quest has nothing to do with his personal life, his governing style in New York City, or his associations with people such as Bernie Kerik, his police commissioner now under criminal investigation.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Talk Baseball for a Change

They’re gone! How to describe the euphoria, the smug satisfaction, the unrestrained elation at seeing the New York Yankees eliminated once again so early in postseason play? I’m thinking something silly, like, Eureka!

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Bonds’ Retirement Plan

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Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Popeye’s Tarnished Record

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Mark McGwire’s Reprieve

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The Truthdig Interview: Mark Fainaru-Wada

Mark Fainaru-Wada is one of two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who broke the Barry Bonds steroid stories. With a new book out, Fainaru-Wada discussed with Truthdig contributor James Harris whether Congress doesn’t have better things to do than hold hearings into pro sports; whether pro baseball really cares about cleaning up its image; and the federal government’s attempts to get Fainaru-Wada to disclose his confidential sources.

Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


Mark Fainaru-Wada on Barry Bonds, Steroids and ‘Game of Shadows’

Truthdig’s James Harris sits down with SF Chronicle journalist Mark Fainaru-Wada to discuss his book,  “Game of Shadows,” and the leaked grand jury testimony which has gotten him in such hot water.

Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


Baseball? That Ain’t Hood

African Americans are abandoning baseball in droves. But should we care?

Posted on Jan 3, 2006 READ MORE


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