Sports and my thoughts

Monday, June 27, 2005

Sports/Thoughts: Goes under both categories I guess

MLB still owns the Washington Nationals, so at some point someone has to be buy it. Leading candidate to buy the Nationals seems to be George Soros. Who happens to be a billionaire wacko who has said he would have spent his entire fortune to unseat President Bush. If Soros does purchase the Nationals, leading Republicans fear this might hurt MLB.

Despite the Washington Nationals' successful start to the season, to some Capitol Hill Republicans there is a dark cloud on the Nats' horizon: the potential that their newly adopted home team could be purchased by billionaire financier George Soros! Soros has joined an ownership bid being led by entrepreneur Jonathan Ledecky that is angling to take over the Nats, who are currently owned by Major League Baseball. ROLL CALL reports: Soros pumped more than $20 million in the last cycle into groups seeking to unseat President Bush and elect Democrats and relates that the very prospect that Soros could have a stake in the team is enough to irritate Congressional Republicans. "I think Major League Baseball understands the stakes," said Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R), who recently convened high-profile steroid hearings. Davis said that if a Soros sale went through, "I don't think it's the Nats that get hurt. I think it's Major League Baseball that gets hurt. They enjoy all sorts of exemptions' from anti-trust laws. Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that covers the District of Columbia budget, said if Soros buys the team and seeks public funding for a new stadium or anything else, the GOP attitude would be, "Let him pay for it."

I don't agree with them. I don't think having Soros as an owner would hurt baseball at all. Especially not if he added payroll and made the Nationals more competitive then they already are, seeing that they are in first place this year at this point. If he does buy the team, more power to him.

I don't think most Republicans watch baseball and think of politics, if that was the case I'd be a Yankees fan. Seeing how Steinbrenner is a devoted Republican who has donated tons of money towards getting Republicans elected. And seeing how my team, the Boston Redsox, are opening liberal and supported a traitor to the nation in John Kerry.

I think most baseball fans are like me, they forget politics and just love the game.


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