John Rocker

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John Rocker


"Imagine having to take the (No.) 7 train to (Shea Stadium) looking like you're (in)
Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some
dude who got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four
kids. It's depressing. "The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners,"
the 25-year-old Georgia native said. "You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not
hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians
and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?"
These were the words spoken from Atlanta Braves Pitcher John Rocker in a December issue of
Sports Illustrated. Those powerful lines are what people are chatting over. "Should we
forgive him, or should we throw him in jail"? Those are only a couple opinions that are
swirling around on what Major League Baseball should do. I, in no way agree with what Mr.
Rocker is saying, however he is being treated is fair.



In order to fully understand where Mr. Rocker was coming from, we have to go back to the
MLB Playoffs. The Cinderella New York Mets take the Braves into extra innings in the 5th
game of the National League Playoffs. In comes John Rocker, bursting with energy to try
and shut the Mets down and take the Braves to the World Series. The Mets had other ideas
and laced a couple base hits off Rocker, which eventually lead to the homerun that ended
the game. Then when the Braves made it to the World Series, Rocker faced more harsh words
from the New York Yankee's fans. The yelling and objects cascaded down from the stands
whenever Rocker was out there. This threw his game off, and once again the Braves got beat
in the series 4 - 0. So What? The fans where not very affectionate to Rocker, that's their
job. Rocker should be able to deal with it like a true sportsman. He had to turn around
and offend every human that is not like him. Was it wrong? Yes. Did he apologize? Yes, at
least a dozen times, but to some ethnic groups that have been wronged like this for
hundreds of years, this is what they have been dealing with.






As the people's outrage became more evident, Bud Selig, the commissioner of MLB, got
involved. Selig gave in to the pressure and gave a demand that a mental test be performed
on John Rocker. Strange, but fair. But it wasn't over. In the following weeks he also
slapped Rocker with a 20,000 dollar fine and suspended him 45 days of spring training and
the first 28 days of the 2000 season. If that's not enough, he was publicly addressed
numerous times on his character as a person. People like Hank Aaron, the band Twisted
Sister, and even his own teammates want nothing to do with him anymore. It also looks like
he will be traded to another team. It almost seems like the life was taken from him just
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