Political Types Unsure If Far East Is More or Less Wimpy Than Our Pro Sports Leagues

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Today in Politico, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham explains that the trappings of professional baseball today aren't quite as all-American as they were in her youth, with typically understated analysis of the shift.

“It was 1978, 1979. I’m a kid at Yankee Stadium. It was Cracker Jacks, peanuts, and there were hot dogs, and that was pretty much it. … You go to spring training now and you might as well be at the national food fest in D.C. Do you really want a spicy tuna hand roll at the seventh inning stretch? … No MSG, it’s MLB! We don’t need it. It’s all too effete.”

It's vaguely reminiscent of former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell's comments last fall, upon news that an Eagles game would be canceled due to a snowstorm:


We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down.

So which is it going to be? America is more or less wimpy than the Far East? Japan is wimpy, China is not? We can't have that kind of nuanced cultural distinction. This isn't Europe.

Laura Ingraham’s inside baseball [Politico]