THE CHICAGO O-SOX
Posted by Andrew Roman on January 28, 2009
The Chicago White Sox are feeling the love of the Obama-Nation. Despite the fact that a sizeable portion of their fan base did not vote for the current President, the team is planning on celebrating the election of their new “hometown” hero with an Obama-themed cap that could be ready by the start of spring training next month.
Brooks Boyer, the team’s vice president and chief marketing officer, commented:
“We’re very excited. This is somebody who’s obviously a White Sox fan, but more importantly, really embraces and embodies the attributes of our brand: the notions of pride, passion and tradition we rally around. He’s made it hip to be a White Sox fan.”
If Mr. Boyer is referring to a tradition of failed big-government entitlement programs, he may be on to something. If the tradition Mr. Boyer talks about is liberal class warfare, then the promotion could be a very successful one. If by “traditional” the White Sox vice president means more intrusion of government into the lives of Americans, well golly gee, break out the peanuts and beer, they’ve got a winner.
The hats have been approved by MLB Properties, and the White Sox now are awaiting a formal blessing from the Obama administration before league licensee New Era goes into production.
I assure you, I’m not saying the team shouldn’t be able to do this, if that’s what they choose. I’m a free market guy, and if they can generate revenue this way, more power to them.
My point, rather, is to illustrate yet another example of the continuing mania that surrounds this man.
Tom Fox, former Gatorade and Wasserman Media Group executive said:
“There’s a tremendous amount of good will around this guy right now, regardless of political affiliation. As time goes on, and his positions in office become more defined, you do run some risk of this becoming more of a polarizing thing, but not in the short run.”
How much more “defined” does the proposal of an astronomically expensive “stimulus” bill package that includes $5.1 billion for “Community Development,” $5 billion for “Public Housing,” $13 billion for the “Education for the Disadvantaged,” and $600 million for “Energy Efficient Federal Motor Vehicle Fleet Procurement” have to be? (How in hell do any of these things stimulate a sputtering economy?)
How much more “defined” does the closing of our detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for no other reason than to appease his voting base have to be?
How much more “defined” does wanting to redistribute the money of the wealthiest Americans to those who have neither earned it nor deserve it have to be?
How much more “defined” does saying that the only answer to this country’s economic woes is government, as he did on January 9, 2009, have to be?
How much more “defined” does telling Americans not to listen to Rush Limbaugh have to be?
These are not political acts?
What exactly will President Obama have to do that he hasn’t already to convince the Chicago White Sox – or anyone for that matter – that Obama’s political beliefs are defined?
After all, according to Fox, the time to strike the iron is now before Obama gets too political.
Meanwhile, here in Brooklyn, as I wrote about a few days ago, the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball squad is celebrating the election of Barack Obama by renaming their team, for one day, the Baracklyn Cyclones.
In other news, Barack Obama reportedly has said that if his name weren’t Obama, he’d change his name to Obama.