Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stop The World. It's Opening Day.

Over 100,000 people believe he was.  Actually, more than 101,000, including Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, say he was.  Sadly, the former St. Louis Cardinal joined Anhueser-Busch, most famous for brewing the pedestrian Budweiser beer, in promoting the first day of the baseball season as a national holiday.  (What can happen when a town goes all-in for high school football, below).

If a petition on the White House website gains 100,000 signatures within 30 days it is guaranteed a response from the White House, and this one went over 101,000 as of 7:00 a.m. on Monday, a few days before the deadline.  The Administration, which has not gone foolish, suicidal, or insane, eventually will turn down the request.

Phillip McClary (assuming he's still living and in the U.S.A.) would agree, given that on a summer's evening in 2008 he

heard hometown brewer Anheuser-Busch would be bought by the Belgian company InBev.
"I was actually drinking a Bud Light when I heard, and I couldn't even finish it. That's the honest-to-God truth," he said Monday.

"I was proud to drink Budweiser, not any more," said P.J. Champion, a student at the University of Mississippi who said the brew is "a great piece of American history."

McClary put Champion's thoughts to music, posting his song "Kiss Our Glass" on YouTube and on a Web site that tried to stop the sale,  

"America is not for sale, and neither is her beer," McClary sings, the song continues, "Have a drink with Mother Freedom, and tell InBev to kiss your glass."

McClary could predict as well as he could rhyme.He never was sanguine about his chances, and his website no longer exists, at least in its original incarnation.   But his impulse for love of country, support of workers, or even for publicity, certainly trumps whatever motive Ozzie Smith might have.  Evidently, the 100,000 marionettes of a huge Belgium company believe "Baseball Day" or "Opening Day" or "Baseball Pastime Day" should be honored with the likes of Veterans Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Martin Luther King Day.   There are a lot of words for that, and one would be "obscene."

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