thehat wrote:matmat wrote: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.