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The Man Without a Country
2005-12-16 08:13
by Bob Timmermann

The New York Post reports and is picked up by MLB.COM that Alex Rodriguez will play for nobody in the World Baseball Classic.

"After thoughtful deliberations with my family, I am announcing my decision to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic," Rodriguez told the Post from Miami. "When faced with the decision to choose between my country, the United States of America, and my Dominican heritage, I decided I will not dishonor either.

"I am proud to be an American citizen and to have a Dominican legacy. My commitment to baseball is secondary to honoring my patriotic duties to my country and my ancestors," Rodriguez said.

Faced with the dilemma of being an American citizen or honoring my German/English/Croatian/Irish heritage, I have decided to root for Togo in the FIFA World Cup.

2005-12-16 08:47:53
1.   Ken Arneson
"The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis."

--ascribed to Edmund Burke, Dante, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, and probably some other authors further down in the Google results.

2005-12-16 09:36:55
2.   Bob Timmermann
So I should root for Sweden?
2005-12-16 09:58:55
3.   yankee23
Well with such mixed roots, I'd say USA is probably the way to go. We're a country full of mutts. Plus, we're in the sogenannte Todesgruppe.
2005-12-16 10:33:15
4.   Jose Habib
That is just lame. The lamest thing I've ever heard.
2005-12-16 10:55:00
5.   JJoeScott
At least he won't be there to cost (insert country here) the win by choking away key at-bats.
2005-12-16 11:06:28
6.   Ken Arneson
2 If you like to root for the damned, sure, go ahead.

Also, be aware: Sweden is so clueless about baseball, there's a risk I might make the team.

2005-12-16 11:27:09
7.   Bob Timmermann
From my trip through Scandinavia back in 1994 with my father, I learned that in that part of the world, Sweden is never the sentimental favorite.

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