â†µOf course, as Guillen well knows, one way to confront those squeamish about stereotyping is by being as tasteless as possible while treating it as a joke. And thus, the Lowell Spinners are again holding their ever-popular Politically Correct and Politically Incorrect nights on successive days next week. On PC night, there are batpersons instead of batboys, errors are not announced, the PA announcers (half men/half women) will speak in a variety of languages, and anyone with a green card gets 15 percent off merchandise, although I'm not sure whether asking Hispanic fans to produce a green card is really PC. â†µâ†µ
â†µAnd then there's non-PC night, where all concession stands will be staffed by the fairer sex, all announcements will be made only in English, women will be asked to fetch some foodstuffs for their providers during the fifth inning, and so-called offensive team mascots will be honored. â†µâ†µ
â†µStill, I'm not sure any of that is quite in the "Ozzie Mows Lawns" territory, at least from a racial perspective. If the Spinners really want to push this envelope, they could always ask pitcher Wang-Yi Lin and catcher Chia-Chu Chen to offer math lessons to fans, have shortstop Thomas Di Benedetto answer questions about the mob, request a seventh-inning stretch rap performance from outfielder William Holmes and, of course, require most of their middle infielders to help out the grounds crew before the game. They could even make a t-shirt to honor the occasion. Ozzie Guillen would buy it. â†µâ†µ
â†µFor more of Dan Steinberg, visit his blog with The Washington Post, D.C. Sports Bog. â†µâ†µ
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