Arizona sexists strike out

The normal first thought would be, “What a bunch of morons.”

But then you see it happened in Arizona, where, apparently, stupid is a right written into the state constitution:

Instead of playing in a championship baseball game, Paige Sultzbach and her team won’t even make it to the dugout.

A Phoenix school that was scheduled to play the 15-year-old Mesa girl and her male teammates forfeited the game rather than face a female player.

Our Lady of Sorrows bowed out of Thursday night’s game against Mesa Preparatory Academy in the Arizona Charter Athletic Association championship. The game had been scheduled at Phoenix College.

Paige, who plays second base at Mesa Prep, had to sit out two previous games against Our Lady of Sorrows out of respect for its beliefs. But having her miss the championship was not an option for Mesa Prep.

Our Lady really was willing to give up a whole season of hard work because they didn’t want to play against a girl? Don’t they know that girls have played in the Little League World Series since 1984?

What a bunch of losers.

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Yankee’s Jeter joins 3,000 club

It’s pretty hard to believe that with all its World Series wins and all the players it has in baseball’s Hall of Fame, the New York Yankees never had a player who got 3,000 hits. Until yesterday.

Derek Jeter’s 3,000 career hit was a home run, which was pretty impressive when you consider that he’s not a home run hitter.

The guy’s been with one club his whole career. That’s unusual, too. The Yankees won tge World Series in 1996, the year Jeter was named Rookie of the Year.

He’s been a lock for the Hall of Fame for a while. Cooperstown might as well get the bust ready and make space for another Yankee (as long as he doesn’t pull a Pete Rose, a Barry Bonds or more recently a Roger Clemens).

Damn Yankees

There’s always a specific bad guy that appears in more than one movie. In old Westerns, it used to be the guy in the black hat. In  spy movies during the Cold War, the villains were  Russian. Today’s thrillers use Muslim terrorists.

The typical bad guys in baseball movies are the New York Yankees. The team I normally root for.

They appear in comedies, usually the ultimate foil for a ragtag team of rejects who are making the transition from hopeless to hero, like in “Major League,” where they are the last barrier to the Cleveland Indians winning a pennant.

In dramas, they’re the existential threat to individual players trying to make one last stab at glory, like Kevin Kostner as a Detroit Tigers’ pitcher in “For the Love of the Game.”

They were even the name supplied to the surrogate villain for a Little League team, dashing the hopes, but not the spirit, of “The Bad News Bears.”

When portrayed as a Big League team, The Yankees always seem to be big burly white guys with sinister black mustaches. But when you think Yankees in reality, you think of the clean-shaven, mixed-race Derek Jeter.

No one hates the Yankees because they are a bunch of losers. They’re hated because they win. They often lose the big game on the big screen, but in real life, they pull through. When you think about it, the Yankees aren’t an especially arrogant team like other past winners. The New York Mets and the Cincinatti Reds were more obnoxious when they made their runs at World Championships.

But Hollywood seems to do all it can to make me root against my team. How can you not back the Indians when a stadium is rocking to the song “Wild Thing”? How can you not want Billy Chapel to pitch a perfect game? And why should the Bears lose to those snide little snots?

Still, the depth of drama wouldn’t be there if these teams were up against the Red Sox, or the Orioles, or the Twins. The Yankees are villains because the Yankees crush dreams. The other teams are just dreamers.  They’ve gotta have heart.