Yankees Lamely Mum on Protesting All-Star Game Over Arizona's Immigration Law

Yankees Lamely Mum on Protesting All-Star Game Over Arizona's Immigration Law

It's a sad enough day for the Yankees and their fans, given the death of controversial and famed owner George Steinbrenner. But it very well might've just gotten even worse for some, especially their (massive base of) fans of Latino decent, who -- if they're anything like the majority of Latinos in this country -- feel that Arizona's recent immigration policies are just wrong.

The Associated Press's Ben Walker talked to and covered the increasing list of Latino baseball players who will protest Arizona's new immigration law by not playing in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game if the game is, in fact, played in Arizona. And what'd our Yankees have to say?

Cano? No:

"That's a political thing," New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano said. "I don't have anything to say about it. They already made a decision. If I say anything, it's not going to make any difference."

Star charmer Alex Rodriguez, everyone:

"Wrong guy," teammate Alex Rodriguez said, pointing to other players in the interview room.

And those, folks, are some of the most revered athletes in the country, playing for the team that just won the World Series last year, for a city where people do nothing but speak their minds. They're also some of the highest paid athletes in the world, who're paid enough money to buy you and sell you 10 times over, but somehow, still can't make enough to buy the freedom or ability to speak your mind on an issue that affects hundreds of thousands of your fans who support your career every day, no matter which way you feel about it. It doesn't buy freedom from cowardice. It will still, however, get you a picture of yourself painted as a centaur.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]

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