Selig Pimps Jackie Robinson's Legacy Like a Whore

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Selig Pimps Jackie Robinson's Legacy Like a Whore
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I have come up with an appropriate title for April 15. From now on, I'll call it "Let's Prostitute 'Jackie Robinson Day'" from now on, because that's what Bud Selig and his sycophants will do today: pimp Jackie Robinson's memory like a whore.

For if any sports league has squeezed as much out of an iconic figure and his legacy, Major League Baseball would be that league. Its officials have turned their annual remembrance of Robinson into a carnival sideshow, wrapping the man's historic contribution to the game in tawdry celebrations that would make Robinson himself cringe.

Two or three years ago, I read an online article headlined, as I recall, "What Would Jackie Think?" The story was supposed to be a thoughtful retrospective on how far baseball had come in leveling the playing field for blacks.

Instead, when dissected to its core, the article served as an indictment of a sport that has shunted black fans, the black institutions and black athletes aside like a colony of lepers.

League officials point out -- and self-righteously, too -- that the game is more diverse than ever. I can't dispute that contention. The game is more diverse.

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