I read the entire article. The body of the article was neutral to LSU and Coach Mainieri.
The only thing that kind of bothered me was this...
So the next time “College Baseball’s Greatest Fans” take the stands in Alex Box Stadium, they should ask whether they are truly witnessing America’s pastime.
I agree. The writer seems to imply that if there are fewer blacks playing college baseball, then somehow it can't genuinely be America's pastime. That the only way baseball could be America's game would be if its racial makeup mirrored "a country that has never been more diverse."
If we are college baseball's greatest fans (notice his use of quotes), and if beneath the facade of the "colorful atmosphere in Alex Box" there happens to be no black ballplayers, should I therefore be required to examine my conscience?
How many black ballplayers would it take for me to say "Yep, that's America's pastime!" 1? 2? 12.6%?
Would I need to see Asians and Hispanics, too? Or just blacks?
This post was edited on 3/13 at 7:58 pm