Sunday, June 27, 2010

What if Ghana fielded a baseball team?

Yes, I was rooting for Ghana to beat the U.S.A.
Unpatriotic? No, but I'm a brand purist. Our sovereign brand smells of chewing tobacco and glove oil. When it comes to sports America excels at baseball and helmet-to-helmet style football. Other nations – especially the sorrow-torn peoples of the developing world – must have their soccer. They must play it and win. Soccer-style football means so much to them and so little to us.

What if Ghana fielded a baseball team – and beat the L.A. Dodgers? It would be like North Korea holding an international fashion show – and making French women look dowdy. No, Ghana will not beat us in baseball, and we shouldn't beat them in (whatever you call this game where you can't use your hands except for theatrical gestures).

Baseball – the U.S.A. – is unique... and uniquely influential worldwide – both respected and resented for our values and power. Our sports reflect and reinforce our culture. I hope the Ghanas of the world – proud, struggling nations with aspirations of their own – thrash the United States every time we presumptuously attempt to play their game.

brandsinger

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not sure I agree with you, Brandsinger. As the U.S. population further diversifies, amassing talented futball players from around the world, our teams will keep getting better and better. In 2020, team USA may be a leading contender...with several players from Ghana leading the way...

brandsinger said...

Yes, Anonymous, no question that, with our growing population and enormous wealth, the USA may be a leading soccer contender in 2020. By then we will have dominated the world in every other sport, too. Can you possibly want that? and root for it?

Arturo said...

baseball will never have the audience football (as in the game you play with your feet and a ball not the "american football") has now, but yeah, no question USA has the best Baseball team.

brandsinger said...

Thanks, Arturo. I recognize that the all-feet version of football is the world's most popular sport and a passion of most cultures.

brandsinger said...

I have proliferating comments! A dialogue with self -- boring to all. Apologies.

paul smith said...

I recognize that the all-feet version of football is the world's most popular sport.