thehat wrote:This would open a gigantic can of worms, and a potentially ugly one. Must each player only be allowed to exhibit his land of origin? Or can it be for his favorite country? If all of the players on a team, except for one, decide to put the American flag on their sleeve, what happens to the one who doesn't? Surely you're not suggesting that everyone be forced to do this...and if you're not then the one who opts to not wear his flag will certainly be ostracized by fans and perhaps teammates as well.
how about this. you have two choices -- the flag of your country of citizenship, or the american flag.
Still doesn't solve the problem...suppose a handful of players choose not to wear any flag. If that were to be the case, they would become targets. Nope, mat, it just doesn't wash. You wear the uniform of your team and that's it. You can wear anything you want under the uniform, but the outward appearance is strictly uniform. Forcing someone to comply or feel the wrath of those who don't see eye to eye with him...well, that's just not American, or at least it's not supposed to be.
I agree.....he shouldn't be allowed to wear it. Let them draw under the bill of their cap, have tattoos on their arms (or their asses like Justin Miller), but a uniform is a uniform. I don' see anything wrong in Foulke's case, if it were just him respecting his fellow Americans, but like people mentioned, it can indirectly force others to do the same, even if they don't share the same beliefs. An example, and an extreme one at that, is somebody born in Iraq wearing an Iraqi flag on their hat. How would that sit with the commish? Probably not too well, would it. Players should not be seen based on their nationality or heritage, but just as players for their team. You have to remember this is an international game, not just American. There are places and times other than baseball games to profess your beliefs and tributes.
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I can at least understand why Selig might make him take down the flag, simply because there are other nationalities present in MLB. I don't really agree with that decision, but at least I understand it's logic.
However when he made the Cardinals take down their number 57, I found that to be extremely absurd and uptight. Dress code my ass, I don't see how players paying their respects to a fallen teammate could offend anyone. Jeez.
How about Biggio for commisioner?
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bah. the problem is that people view it as the comish telling someone to remove a flag from the cap rather than just adding something to his cap. you're can't add anything to the uniform; it has nothing to do with the fact that this particular case involves a flag.
whats more, i don't see why flags should get exemptions. what if i want to staple a picture of my dog on my uni? why can't i do that? pictures of dogs arn't objectionable (err... in general...), but they're not part of the mlb uniform, so you can't wear 'em.
try not to think of this as "selig say no flags on unis" as much as "selig says nothing non-offical mlb on unis", because that is the ruling he is enforcing.
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Sunspot wrote:I believe there should be an U.S. Flag on all uniforms, not necesarily the hat, but it should be somewhere.
What about Montreal and Toronto?
Montreal wont be in Canada for any more than a year, and does anyone really care about Toronto? (besides Jackal and Mookie )
i'm pretty sure montreal will be in canada for more than a year. the expos may not be, but i'm pretty sure montreal will be.
Not so fast ensanimal. The Bloq Quebecois did very well in the last election - Montreal may not be in Canada in a few years. (For the Americans - Quebec wants to separate and take Montreal with them into a new country).
And as for the flag - we can put the flag on our uniforms but can we sew them in upside down?
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