Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Phillies Are Momentarily Racist

The following is from a Yahoo! Sports story:

Two days after naming its mascot "PorkChop," the Philadelphia Phillies' new Triple-A affiliate abruptly dropped the moniker after receiving complaints from Hispanics that it was offensive.

General Manager Kurt Landes said he heard from several Hispanics who said PorkChop was derogatory.

"We were really unaware of any negative connotations with the word 'pork chop,"' he said. "If it offended a few, it's a few too many."

Guillermo Lopez, vice president of the Latino Leadership Alliance, said he was called "pork chop" when he worked at Bethlehem Steel decades ago.

The online Urban Dictionary, which accepts entries from readers, says Pork Chop is a racist term used to refer to people of Puerto Rican descent.
The mascot is a freaking pig. Isn't it obvious that the usage of the name "pork chop" in this instance is about as far from a slur as it could be? Does this mean that "pork chop" is now on the list of unmentionable slurs that under no circumstance, no matter what the context or situation, should be used? If so, butchers, grocery stores and restaurant menus everywhere need to re-label their products.

This situation is a sad commentary on the overboard PC society we live in. And although I understand that the organization does not want alienate a certain portion of their fan base, I really wish they would have just kept the name the same and just said, "You're all being overly-sensitive. It's a pig. Pork equals pig. Get over it."

The mascot's new name is Ferrous. Obviously somebody from the club reads this blog and was inspired by me calling them the FeHams a few months back. It's not as good as Pork Chop but it's an okay nickname, playing off of the iron instead of the pig. Although, I think they should take it one step further and call him Ferrous Buhler. Of course, that might be offensive to high school slackers from Illinois...



SirAlden said...

We should take Cincy RHP Screwballer Carlos Guevara
In the Rule 5 Draft!

Then we can have GUEVARA set up in the 8th before handing the ball off to CASTRO in the 9th!

BloodStripes said...

That would be pork-chop to pork-chop getting the ball. Cool!

To be honest I have never heard this pork-chop business. Maybe because I am closer to Antarctica than Puerto Rico. Crazy stuff. How about Pork Belly? Bacon bap perhaps?


I like the Pork-chop hat though. The blue one with the pig head. Nice.

GM-Carson said...

I'm so sick of a sociaty filled with pussies. Get over yourselves! Porkchop was an appropriate name with or without the negative connotation.

I am white, and as most know whites probably get made fun of the least. But I've had to occassions in my lifetime where some real funny shit was said to me about my skin color- I was called a "Country Cracker" at my first day on the job in Philly and just recently I was walking while eating a cracker and someone said "Hey look, a cracker eating a cracker"- teach time I laughed even though it was degrogatory...calm down people- enjoy life and quit worrying about offending.

I'm not saying it's ok to go throwing the "N-word" around or being anti-semetic, but when Porkchop becomes a problem, that's a problem!

GM-Carson said...

About the Rule V Draft- I love it! Shane Victorino, Fabio Castro, and Dave Hollins were some past/current Phils that went through the process. It's a very low risk/high reward situation that I'd love to see Gillick get lucky in. Rule 5 is the perfect opportunity to pick up a utility infielder, extra outfielder, or bullpen help.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTradeRumors.com- The Rockies have their eye on Tadahito Iguchi and could offer him a two-year deal. However, Iguchi is craving a contract similar to Kaz Matsui's three-year, $16.5MM pact. Should one bad contract beget another one?

I like Gooch- but not for that many years or that much money. I was thinking more like 2 years $6-7 mil.

GM-Carson said...

More rumors- The Phillies talked to the Pirates today about Nate McLouth, Damaso Marte, and John Grabow. Grabow remains a possibility.

*I'd take all 3!

GM-Carson said...

New to me rumor- Phils after Mark Prior. If healthy he'd be very interesting.

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com- the Marlins have called upon the Phils to see what it would take to get Wes Helms back. They can have him for one of their thousands of relief pitchers if I were GM.

Phils would then probably look at Inge- hey, that sounds familiar, oh yeah- I made that rumor up yesterday.

furiousBall said...

they can have helms back for a bag of quarters

i've never heard that slur ever.

i think they should change the mascot name to Furious and I'll show up in assless chaps. totally makes sense and it will adequately offend everyone

GM-Carson said...

Furious- take a picture of yourself in assless chaps and you can become the official mascot of WSBGM's. In fact- I think WSBGM's needs an official mascot, I'll have to confer with Corey about this.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTradeRumors- As you know, the Phils are out on Hiroki Kuroda.
Yesterday the Phillies made an offer and a second improved offer to Tadahito Iguchi. Iguchi is looking for a three-year deal for around the $16.5MM Kaz Matsui received.
Todd Zolecki says the Phils have "kicked around" Brandon Inge's name; he's definitely available. The general sentiment is that the Tigers would have to eat some of the $19.1MM owed to Inge over the next three seasons. Plus, the Phillies already tried the defense-first idea at third base.
Talks with Mike Cameron went nowhere, as the Phillies didn't want to consider a multiyear deal. Aaron Rowand is also a long shot. Not a very exciting Meetings for Phillies fans.

*That "defense first" approach was Nunez- Inge is far better offensively than No-Hit!

I don't Cameron- 25 game suspension and far too costly. Just another high strikeout guy in this lineup, not what we need.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils were turned down by Baltimore when they offered up Kendrick, Vic, and two unnamed prospects in exchange for Eric Bedard- basically meaning we're not going to get Bedard.

Players took in the Rule V MLB portion:
Travis Blackley LHP and Lincoln Holdzkum. I doubt either sticks around past spring training.

Taken in the Minor league portion:
Luke Appert OF and Neil Seller 2B.

GM-Carson said...

Actually appear Sellers is more of a 3rd baseman, which makes sense since we have no internal options in the high minors at that position.

GM-Carson said...

Players taken in the Minor league portion must remain on the Triple A squad for a full season. Appert can play any position on the field besides catcher and ss, but my guess is he could play short in a pinch if need me- i.e. utility infielder of the futer. He's an on base machine (.391) in the minors.

Bob D said...

The Bedard offer show that the Phils may be able to make that big plunge for a top pitcher. Losing Kendrick and Vic would require yet another starter and 2 OF to be picked up. I will say Kendrick is probably at his highest value 10-3 3.8? ERA. That is better than he would normally do. I do hate to lose Vic. Rowand would be needed more. Mark Prior also on the radar.

GreggyD said...

I'd be thrilled to bring in Mark Prior. Low risk, high reward. Who knows, maybe he could find his old self...

I am not willing to let Victorino go and jeopardize the stability of our outfield. It doesn't matter though because the O's already have shot down the deal.

Ryan said...

No internal options in the high minors for 3b?!? Seems to me like we are stacked with minor league 3b guys...Helms, Dobbs and Bruntlett to name a few!!!

michael said...

god i hope they dont try to get inge a guy who has hit .240 the last 3 years with no power? nooo thanks, we've had enough of that manning the hot corner the last few years.

SirAlden said...

Good News! On the Rule 5 Draft Front.

One: Travis Blackley is from Australia, and


"A quick Internet search shows left-hander Travis Blackley is married to model Arynne Tiller, who has done some work for Playboy."

Google Image Her.

Maybe she can go shopping with Anna Benson, and sit behind the dugout wearing there new outfits.

SirAlden said...

I seem to remember when Anna Benson was asked a few years ago, by the New York Media, (when Benson was on the Mutts) "what would you do if you found out that your husband had been cheating on you...?"

She replied...."I would do the entire team to get back at him!"

Drop Mateo, get Benson!

GM-Carson said...

I wonder if she would "do" the entire fanbase too?

Rumors- Couple of Phils notes per Scott Lauber. Glendon Rusch asked for a big league deal and a rotation spot, neither of which the Phils are keen on. Also that Tadahito Iguchi waiver? No chance. *I don't want Rusch, but it's a shame that Gooch won't be back.