Everybody is going to China to play sport these days. It’s very much the thing to do. In the UK there was controversy recently when future Olympic athletes were asked to sign a form promising that they would not criticize the Chinese government’s record on human rights.Eventually this request was withdrawn, but it indicates the problems inherent in this kind of enterprise (we want their money so we have to be careful what we say).
MLB is clearly going down the non-controversial line, but there are still people risking their lives to oppose the Government. I understand the arguments from both sides and I’m not naive enough to think that Trevor Hoffman has the political gravitas to change the world. I just hope that MLB doesn’t portray China as some kind of burgeoning Disneyland just because it’s an "untapped market".
I know that the Roger Clemens’ steroid issue has been done to death, but I came across a quote from "Macbeth" today that I think has resonance;
"I am in blood
Stepped so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er"
Shakespeare is always the "go to guy" for baseball quotes, including my favorite from the final scene of King Lear
"thou must ne’er be thrown out at third
on thy first or third out"
That’s as true today as it was then.