wrigley racism

Last week, Cubs fans showed their support for Kosuke Fukodome by making signs supposedly saying "It's Gonna Happen" in Japanese. Unfortunately, the auto translator was faulty (who trusts those things anyway?) and the signs actually implied that Fukodome's success was only a result of luck. I'm sure the fans had good intentions in mind but a more disturbing story has popped up in the form of unlicensed Cub gear.

A popular souvenir stand across Wrigley Field is selling this racist t-shirt to "honor" Fukodome and his Japanese heritage. Note the slanted eyes on the Cub, the nerdy glasses and the stereotypically broken english written in Wonton font. The back of the t-shirt has Fukodome's name and jersey number. Of course its the top-selling t-shirt. I guess baseball and racism are as American as apple pie.

By the way, MetroDad lists his roster for an All-Asian fantasy baseball team. Not a bad squad:

CF Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners)
2B Tad Iguchi (San Diego Padres)
RF Kosuke Fukudome (Chicago Cubs)
LF Hideki Matsui (NY Yankees)
3B Akinori Iwamura (Tampa Bay Devilrays)
C Kenji Johjima (Seattle Mariners)
SS Chin-Lung Hu (Los Angeles Dodgers)
1B Kaz Matsui (Houston Astros)
DH Johnny Damon (NY Yankees)

SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (Boston Red Sox)
SP Chien-Ming Wang (NY Yankees)
SP Hiroki Kuroda (Los Angeles Dodgers)
SP Akinori Otsuka (Texas Rangers)
SP Kei Igawa (NY Yankees)

RP Hideki Okajima (Boston Red Sox)
RP Chan Ho Park (Los Angeles Dodgers)
RP Cha Seung Baek (Seattle Mariners)
RP Takashi Saito (Los Angeles Dodgers)


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