A Very Foul Ball

| Opinion | May 9, 2019

by Dale Paule

Most sickness is contracted either from airborne contact or through the skin’s pores. The sickness of greed, however, is inflicted through the victim’s wallet.

Such is the case with the New York Yankee’s owner, Mr. Steinbrenner, who bowed to pressure demanding he discontinue allowing Kate Smith to sing – are you ready for it – “God Bless America” at all future Yankee ball games! Let that one sink in for a minute!

Those behind that pressure must have gone into shock when they realized that, in one shot, they’d managed to place an indelible stain upon not one, but two iconic images that typify the American spirit – Kate Smith and the New York Yankees!

Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” is offensive? Are you kidding me?
What horrendous threat must it have taken to make the guardian of these two American treasures blacken their image?


The excuse, we are told, is that the Yankee fans would be “offended” upon learning Kate Smith had sung arguably inappropriate and “racist” songs. Not at any recent games mind you, but 80 years ago, during the Great Depression!

The two most frightening and effective words used in recent years to instill fear in enemies of the offended are “bigot” and “racist,” and to date, there seems to be no effective antidote for either. So “racist” Kate Smith and her singing of “God Bless America” was immediately banished from all future Yankee games so that no more harm may fall upon the offended and usual suspects!

Any and all connections between the repentant (cowardly is a better word) Mr. Steinbrenner and Kate Smith have been safely erased, and he now seeks forgiveness from those “offended.”

Who does he think he’s B.S.-ing? In reality, Kate Smith’s questionable acts from decades back have little to do with his cowardly decision, and you don’t need a trail of breadcrumbs to lead you to the real reason.

His actions were simply motivated by the same reason safe crackers crack safes, and bank robber’s rob banks, and politicians take bribes – money! In Mr. Steinbrenner’s case, it was fear of losing the “Golden Goose” of Yankee box office bucks through inferred threat of boycotting New York Yankee games. So he caved and decided to “play ball” their way!

If it were truly a matter of wanting to make amends for “offending” Yankee fans, then all he would have to do is give back the money fans had forked over to watch the Yankees play since Kate Smith first began “offending” them in 2001! And as long as we’re at it, he may as well remove another “offensive” blot from the Yankee image; that other “offensive” American icon, Babe Ruth!

If Kate Smith’s actions can be deemed “offensive” to her fans, then The Bambino is surely guilty of the same charge, having no doubt “offended” many of his young fans way back during the same Great Depression by openly indulging in a drop or two of demon rum. It’s also been rumored he was known to have uttered some pretty raw curse words on numerous occasions.

Who knows, they too may have been racist in nature? Oh, the humanity! No, Mr. Steinbrenner, we don’t need an umpire to make this call; you just struck out!

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