roger clemens is an a-hole

roger clemens said something offensive about asians. as you can see here, i find the way that espn covered this story interesting for two reasons.

1) didn't we already know that clemens was going to retire? in fact, didn't i read this exact same story a few days ago on this exact same website?

2) it seems to me that the real story here was the insensitive remark that roger clemens made about koreans and japanese people and the participation by their fans at the world baseball classic
None of the dry cleaners were open, they were all at the game, Japan and Korea...So we couldn't get any dry cleaning done out there, but I guess the neatest thing is that 50,000 of them were at Anaheim Stadium
i just wonder if clemens had made a remark about how all the mexicans were watching so we couldn't get our lawns mowed, would it be relegated to a sidebar of a non-story as this had been. the thing is, i'm really not concerned about the remark that much. yes, it's definitely offensive, but as fellow asian blogger oliver wang recently wrote about the use of an asian caricature on a new line of adidas shoes, we spend too much time getting upset over negative depictions and not enough time on the social justice issues that are at the real core of racial inequality. but the point is, how is this story just a sidebar? doesn't it warrant it's own story and over-reactionary column by scoop jackson?

anyways, despite possibly being the best pitcher that ever played baseball, his record of general sorriness is well documented. eff roger clemens (unless he decides to come out of retirement to propel the texas rangers to a world series title. in that case, i'd be more than willing to get his dry cleaning done for him).


Ian said...

Bob, by condensing the quote, you make it sound far worse than it actually is:

Remembering back to a Japan-South Korea game in Anaheim, Calif., Clemens said he took clothes to a dry cleaners and was told he wouldn't get them back for nearly a week.

'"They said, 'You've got no chance,' they told me," Clemens said. "I said, 'I'm going to get it tomorrow, right?' And then she goes, `No chance, we're going to the game.' So we couldn't get dry cleaning done out there, but I guess the neatest thing about them was there were about 50,000 of them at Anaheim Stadium, Korea and Japan.'

The man actually went to a dry cleaners out there (probably more than a few), and THEY told him that he wasn't getting his clothes back. It's because they told him this that he wasn't able to get his dry cleaning done, and that's exactly what he said.

To make the comparison of your analogy fair, Clemens would have to call around to a few of the lawn services in the area, all of which would have to be Mexican-owned, and they would have to say "you're not going to be able to get your lawn mowed now because we're all going to the games."

That's a fair representation of the story.

Bob said...

interesting point ian. if you are correct, then i guess we can blame the liberal media (tongue firmly in cheek), as i'm pretty sure i cut and pasted the quote verbatim from the espn.com story. however, it is notable that when i clicked on the story to check, the sidebar is gone, as is any link to the story. which is strange, since that is not standard practice as far as i can remember.

in any case, i'd go check it out on other websites, but i'm lazy and i don't care enough to, so i'll just take your word for it that clemens quote was taken out of context. however, clemens is still an a-hole.

Ian said...

Fair enough. I don't know that he's not a racist, but I don't think it can be discerned from this episode. For the record, I'm not his biggest fan, either.