Friday, June 1, 2012

Finally, something intelligent out of the mouth of John Rocker!

If you're a New York Mets fan you will surely remember this former Atlanta Braves reliever!

Perhaps John Rocker is the same man he was when he made his infamous statements about New York City and New Yorkers while he was playing for the Atlanta Braves circa 1999. I opined as much not very long ago in an article titled "John Rocker, ex-Atlanta Braves reliever, on being a racist! (Video)".

Or perhaps, as Rocker contends, his statements made during a 10-hour interview with Jeff Pearlman of Sports Illustrated 20+ years ago were taken out of context and manipulated in order to present him in a certain predetermined light.

These are two of the most well known statements in the article:

•On ever playing for a New York team: "I would retire first. 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."

•On New York City itself: "The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?" (Source)

According to Rocker, the following is the real story of the interview:

“Pearlman spent nearly 10 hours with me that day and we engaged in numerous very long-winded conversations on everything from how to throw a breaking ball to the effects of a flawed U.S. immigration policy. Strategically extracting a sentence fragment here and separate thought there Pearlman painted the exact picture of me he intended from the very beginning and in doing so remained true to form and consistent with his long and decorated history of trash journalism. In my research I have found that Pearlman has done eerily similar hatchet jobs to dozens of other subjects during his 20 year career,” said Rocker.“ (Source)

Honestly for those of us who grew-up in New York as Mets fans it is hard to give this man any part of a benefit of the doubt, as for all of these years he has epitomized everything wrong with intolerance, racism and stereotyping.

However, as a compassionate conservative and given the wide span of time since the incident occurred, I am willing to think about a second chance for Rocker by giving some credence to his side of the story. After all, the media has been known to manipulate words and phrases to advance a story.

Given this, at the very least I wish to now congratulate John Rocker on his political savvy!
While some may say that voting against Obama is consistent with Rocker's persona of racist, I instead will attribute it to his being an American and wanting what is best for the country.

And an 2nd Obama term in the White House is certainly not that!
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