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Is Baltimore Really The Best Place For Iraqi Kids To Learn About Baseball?

I guess we can file this idea under “Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo.”

Ten children from Iraq will be taking in the sounds and sights of “professional” baseball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in May as part of a baseball clinic put on by Ripken Academy. So, we’re flying these boys and girls all the way over from Iraq and make them go to Baltimore and learn about baseball from the Orioles? Jeez, haven’t these poor Iraqi kids been through enough already?

Ripken Baseball, a marketing company that represents former Oriole and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., is bringing the boys and girls — ages 5 to 17 — to Maryland as part of a U.S. State Department visitors program.

While in Maryland, the children will watch the Orioles play the Mariners May 11, tour Camden Yards and take a baseball clinic taught by Seattle Mariners designated hitter and All-Star Ken Griffey Jr.

At least they are bringing in Ken Griffey, Jr. to teach the kids about baseball. Who were they going to get from the Orioles team? They’re 4-18, for Pete’s sake. I suppose there could have been worse places to attend a baseball clinic. Pittsburgh comes to mind. And anything associated with the Arizona Diamondbacks, too. I mean, what makes better sense than boycotting a team that just so happens to play in a state that passed a terrible law that really has nothing to do with the actual team or the players? Shame on everyone affiliated with the Diamondbacks team even if they have nothing to do and don’t support the damn law. Hey, the team does play half of its games in that terrible state, they do need to take some responsibility for that.

Anyway, congratulations to those 10 very lucky Iraqi kids. Enjoy Baltimore. I guess.

10 children from Iraq coming to Md. to learn about baseball [The Baltimore Sun]
Ridiculous Diamondbacks Boycott Rolls On [Deadspin]