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(USA Today)   Baseball nixes season-opening series in Japan. Bud Selig apparently unware that Middle East and Far East are thousands of miles apart   ( divider line
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2003-03-18 10:59:28 PM  
Yeah, but North Korea's on deck with 2 down and no score.
2003-03-18 10:59:40 PM!!!!
2003-03-18 11:00:08 PM  
Let me be the first to point out the ignorant nature of the headline.
2003-03-18 11:00:08 PM  
Baseball is less relevant than the NCAA hoops...

lol Ishkur
2003-03-18 11:00:37 PM  
More like, "Japanese wise up, realize Mariners/A's game would suck."
2003-03-18 11:00:48 PM  
Third is good too.
2003-03-18 11:02:21 PM  
Bud Selig could ruin anything singlehanded.
2003-03-18 11:03:47 PM  
the terrorists have already one
2003-03-18 11:04:08 PM  
Wait wait, what's this about a war?
2003-03-18 11:04:48 PM  
lets just call it a tie and go home.
2003-03-18 11:05:50 PM  
But why is the "mid-west" actually located in the middle-eastern part of the U.S.?
jbc [TotalFark]
2003-03-18 11:07:14 PM  
Whomever put the dumbass tag on this must have bought into Dumbya's misguided theory that Iraq is a bigger threat to world peace than North Korea.

I should go listen to a Dixie Chicks song just to tick you off, but no one could possibly torture themselves like that.
2003-03-18 11:07:30 PM  
God I'm so sick of people canceling plans and freaking out over the war. Yes, we are at war; however it's not in Disney Land, the Grand Canyon, or New York City. It is in Iraq. It's true that terrorists might be more angry, but they already wanted to kill us, so what. Why hurt the economy sitting at home bored, when you could be out having fun. People need to end the hysteria.
2003-03-18 11:13:17 PM  
Invite the North Koreans to put together a team and we can wager Nukes on the game...No way we could botch that kind of a game!
2003-03-18 11:14:42 PM  

More like, "Japanese wise up, realize Mariners/A's game would suck."

The Mariners... oh, yeah, that's the team that has Japan's equivalent to Michael Jordan on the roster, innit? What's his name? Ichiro somebody... Ichiro Suzuki, perhaps?

Not to mention Kazuhiro Sasaki and Shigetoshi Hasegawa - all products of the Japanese leagues. Nevermind the fact that the Mariners are the #1 American team in Japan. Never mind that Mariners games are regularly carried by NHK. Never mind, further, that the Mariners/A's is almost the closest thing baseball has to a real rivalry anymore.

2003-03-18 11:14:57 PM  
Having lived in Japan for a year, I would say that it is seafer than the US in terms of the possibility of a terrorist attack. Plus the Japanese unabashingly racialy profile. I would doubt they're letting in any men of middle east orgin.
2003-03-18 11:15:09 PM  
Yes, we are at war

Gnarled: The war started already and no one told me? Or the news channels either?

Admittedly it'll get going within a day or two, or maybe to the end of the week if Bush thinks the Turkish parliment will open it's air space, but still.
2003-03-18 11:15:54 PM  
safer not seafer
2003-03-18 11:17:06 PM  

well put! thank you!

People just want to attach onto something, thats all... they want a reason to get all up in arms...

This "war" is going to be pathetic from many fronts.... TV is going to eat it up....

CNN and FOX are going to be VERY dissapointed when the thing is over in 3-4 days, and there's nothing left to report...

Whether you agree with the war itself or not, we're basically going to compress all of the power of the 47-odd-day Gulf War into about 5 hours.

It'll then be over. We'll lose a soldier or two. And no one will care after a few weeks.
2003-03-18 11:17:41 PM  
Plus the Japanese unabashingly racialy profile.

Without a doubt and that means ANYONE who is not Japanese, including other Asian peoples.
2003-03-18 11:18:04 PM  
"Whomever put the dumbass tag on this must have bought into Dumbya's misguided theory that Iraq is a bigger threat to world peace than North Korea."

I keep trying to tell my friends the same thing. Should you ever be in Boston, I'd buy you a couple of rounds of beers, if the dementia doesn't kick in first.
Preach on, brother.

2003-03-18 11:18:18 PM  
You'd think they'd realize it's just a damn game far far far away from Mid East.
2003-03-18 11:20:31 PM  
Selig said the 2003 season opener will now feature the World Series champion Anaheim Angels against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, March 30.

woo hoo!!! bring it on!!!

:) :) :) :)
2003-03-18 11:20:47 PM  
It'll then be over. We'll lose a soldier or two. And no one will care after a few weeks.

That's just plain ass stupid.
2003-03-18 11:20:55 PM  
Bud Selig makes baby Jesus cry!
2003-03-18 11:21:06 PM  
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2003-03-18 11:22:44 PM  
What Selig should do is send the guys over there, and at the first sign of trouble, have whatever network is broadcasting the game be prepared to cut to the film version of this classic novel:

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2003-03-18 11:23:25 PM  
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2003-03-18 11:23:50 PM  
Macclearich: Confucius say not wise to call someone "dumbass" then misspell name, making self-fulfilling prophecy. Suggest copy-paste for next insult.
2003-03-18 11:28:22 PM  
How is Mariners/A's a "rivalry"? OK, so they have competed for their division's title recently, but it's not like it's Red Sox/Yankees or something.

BTW, re: Miguel Tejada? I'm so glad Bud Selig fixed that whole competitive balance thing. There's nothing I love more than rooting for what is in essence a major-league farm club.
2003-03-18 11:30:17 PM  
Too bad. I guess that Zito,Mulder, Miggy, Chavez,Hudson et. al.will have to wait until they commence their champiosnhip season.

This year Oakland will go all the way.

That's right, you heard it here folks.

Watch this Erubiel Durazo guy, too. Scary power.
2003-03-18 11:34:28 PM  
I know where the Far East is.

I know where the mid-East is.

But where is the Near East?

Enquiring minds want to know!!
2003-03-18 11:37:05 PM  
Durazo's a bum.
2003-03-18 11:40:02 PM  
Bud Selig is an asshat.
2003-03-18 11:47:00 PM  
03-18-03 11:37:05 PM Dissonance
"Durazo's a bum."

No way, just stuck behind Mark Grace. He isn't exactly young, though. Still, we'll see 25 taters from him this year.
2003-03-18 11:50:44 PM  
The_cheerful_slut: New Hampshire? Rhode Island?
2003-03-18 11:51:19 PM  
Bryan868, Thank you. I don't think the games should be cancelled. I'm surprised the frkking Players Association (another group of asshats) let them stop it. It's Japan! How many thousand miles away from Iraq or Irate or whatever the fuk the moron's wanna be terrorist country is called now.

I am just a bit frosted because I posted this as well, but someone else got it first.
2003-03-18 11:51:49 PM  
03-18-03 11:28:22 PM ElwoodCuse
How is Mariners/A's a "rivalry"?

Agreed. I'm a Mariners fan and don't think of the A's as a 'rival'. Just a 'nuisance'.
2003-03-18 11:59:50 PM  
Fryer Guy

Do you honestly think I give a flying sack of squirrel nuts about how you spell your nick?

More to the point, do you honestly think my spelling of your handle, correct or incorrect, has anything whatsoever to do with the utter retardation of your original statement?

I could use a laugh. Tell me again how the Japanese wouldn't care if the Mariners came to Tokyo.

2003-03-19 12:03:25 AM  
Poor Tom Selleck.
2003-03-19 12:03:35 AM  

When you think about it, it really is a rivalry. The two of them have gone back and forth over the AL West title for a few years running now. From what I've observed (on radio and at the stadium in both Oakland and Seattle), attendance rises for A's/Mariners games.

But the main point is that these two teams have been the class of the toughest division in baseball for years now (yes, the Angels were pretty good last year, too) - the season series really becomes a factor come September.

How is that not a rivalry?
2003-03-19 12:05:00 AM  
Freddy Garcia=Flash In the Pan. Discuss.
2003-03-19 12:06:16 AM  
Anyone else think that if Japan's baseball league decided to cancel their trip to US because of an impending war we would start banning the import of Hondas and would rename sushiato "Patriot Fish"?
2003-03-19 12:08:59 AM  

Going all the way? More like the same ol' same ol'. Another year, another divisional series exit. Durazo might just be pretty good, but then, he's never yet had an injury-free season.

Besides, even though I'm a rabid, dyed-in-the-wool, lifetime Mariner fan (born just a couple of years before they started playing), I wouldn't mind seeing Oakland succeed for a little while... at least until free agency pulls everyone but Chavez off their roster. Giambi's gone, Tejada's going. That rather talented pitching staff will start emigrating after next year, too.

Success is fleeting, I guess.
2003-03-19 12:12:32 AM  
It certainly is fleeting. I'm used to the cycle of success and failure in Oakland. But it is fun while it lasts, and they have a good group of pitchers on the farm, too. We'll see...I'm just glad it's spring again.
2003-03-19 12:15:46 AM  

Amen to *that*. At the risk of sounding maudlin, all this political b.s., war, deficits, bad economy, etc. etc. just doesn't seem so bad anymore now that baseball's just around the corner.
2003-03-19 12:15:52 AM  
It doesn't surprise me. Many people forget that Americans are not popular. We tend to be rude, ethnocentric, and overbearing. Iraq isn't the only country we need ot worry about, especially these days when we refuse to listen to others.
2003-03-19 12:59:13 AM  
2003-03-19 01:07:36 AM  
Macc: I think a rivalry needs some bad blood (either between the players or even just the fans, especially Yankees/Red Sox), not just two teams that are both good and directly compete with each other.
2003-03-19 01:12:57 AM  
WHO F***ING CARES!! As far as I'm concern, MLB doesn't exist. No one watches that stupid sport anymore, anyway.

Long live ice hockey!
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