April 18, 2008
For as funny as I thought Marty Brennaman's rant against Cubs fans was, I thought it was probably a little overreaction to what was supposed to be a fun stunt. No one got hurt, everyone except Marty had a laugh and the game moved on .
But not even Brennaman hath enough fury for the knuckle-dragging morons that have been wearing this image to the right around Wrigleyville. I've always known that my fellow Chicagoans could be a little close-minded, but this sets a new low.
For all the innocently mistranslated signs, bows and zealous cheering from right-field bleacher regulars for the franchise's first Japanese major-leaguer, the mere creation of this shirt -- but especially its popularity — sends a raw, vulgar message about Fukudome's new hometown.
''I don't know what the creator of the shirt meant this to be, but they should make it right,'' Fukudome said through his interpreter after being shown one of the shirts Thursday. ''Maybe the creator created it because he thought it was funny, or maybe he made it to condescend the race. I don't know."
I'm headed to Wrigley both today and Sunday and if I see anyone wearing this, I think a public mocking, followed by a public shaming is perfectly in order. If neither of those work, I'm thinking a well-placed throat punching is next on tap. These people? They make me ashamed to call myself a Cubs fan.