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ESPN Throws Political Curve Ball Into Pudge Hall Of Fame Coverage

Posted on 31 July 2017

ESPN continues its trend of injecting left-wing politics into its coverage of events in the sporting world. This time, the network decided to add its political two cents to its coverage of MLB legend Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez' induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

This is how ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas opened a ludicrous column titled "Pudge Rodríguez: The Last Puerto Rican In Cooperstown?"

The veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who is part of the Class of 2017 of the Hall of Fame in cooperstown, could be the last Puerto Rican to enter baseball's most sacred quarter in the United States.

This would happen if the intent of a political group on the island which seeks to convert Puerto Rico in the 51st state of the United States comes to fruition. Rodriguez is a member of a commission created by the Puerto Rican government to promote the idea of  'statehood' before the United States Congress. (This is) a plan that would basically obliterate the concept of "Puerto Rican" as we currently know it.

ESPN's alienation of its viewers due to left-wing political bias is a matter of record, but this virus now seems to have spread to Deportes. There is no other way to explain an article that hijacks a Hall of Famer's induction in order to put him on the spot over a personal political position that is disfavored by the left...in this case, Rodriguez' advocacy in support of the admission of Puerto Rico as the 51st state of the Union.

The left, in this case, favors a romantic notion of independence for Puerto Rico- the highest expression of which is the outright worship of FALN bombmaker Oscar López Rivera. Anyone who does not fall in line with this vision for Puerto Rico's future is ostracized by the leftist media, and their accomplishment takes a back seat to ideology.

Rojas attempts to deligitimize Rodriguez' advocacy by suggesting that Puerto Rican identity would somehow vanish upon admission to the United States, which in itself suggests that this identity is solely contingent upon maintaining a political status separate from the United States. Had Rojas bothered to explore the post-statehood identity question with any one of Pudge's fans in Arlington, Texas, he would have quickly learned that that dog don't hunt. Rojas' "last Puerto Rican" point does not survive even the slightest scrutiny.

Not only is the concept of Rodríguez as "the last Puerto Rican" a fallacy...it is also irrelevant to the question of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rodríguez, the best defensive catcher of all time if not the outright GOAT, was ultimately inducted as a Texas Ranger. There is no separate Hispanic wing of the Hall of Fame, so questions surrounding Puerto Rico's status are not germane to the issue of Pudge's play.  

Rodríguez is guilty of nothing more than exercising his uniquely American right to petition government for redress of grievances on behalf of over 3 million U.S. citizens currently living on the island of Puerto Rico, a majority of which desire to throw off the island's current colonial bonds in order to enter into the fullness of American citizenship with all rights and responsibilities. 

Given ESPN's virtuous championing of those who fight for equality, you'd think that Rodriguez would draw far better coverage. Unfortunately, some equalities are more equal than others.