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Garret Anderson is a Baseball Player, Not a Racist

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I’ve been thinking about the blog Tony Pierce posted a few days ago which was titled “Garret Anderson Doesn’t Care About Black People,” and although I didn’t initially want to respond to it, I feel that it’s necessary for me to do so. Let me start out by saying that I’ve received a handful comments on my posts that have basically implied that I don’t know what I’m talking about when I’ve expressed my opinions on the Angels, and I don’t respond to them for two reasons. The first is that I don’t see the point in getting into a pissing contest with people I’ve never even met before. The second reason I don’t respond is because I respect a person’s right to their opinion, and even if I don’t agree with them, I don’t think it’s my job to slam them for expressing it. With all that being said, I absolutely respect Tony’s opinion and he has a right to it, but when somebody writes what he wrote about a guy who I feel didn’t deserve to get thrown under a bus, I’ve gotta respond to it.

In the blog in question, Tony wrote that because Garret Anderson is choosing not to wear Jackie Robinson’s number this April 15th, Anderson doesn’t care about black people. The number was retired by baseball 10 years ago, but it’s being un-retired for one day to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. The idea for un-retiring the number came from Ken Griffey Jr., who called Bud Selig to ask for permission to wear the number on the 15th. Selig loved the idea, and asked Griffey if he would mind other players wearing the number that day. Griffey didn’t mind, and as a result, number 42 will be worn all over MLB on April 15th. Anderson was approached by the Angels to wear the number on the 15th, but he declined. When asked by the media about it, GA responded by saying, "It wasn't my idea, and I'm not the type of person to jump on the bandwagon because someone else is doing something. If I did it just because someone else was doing it, it would seem kind of empty to me."