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Race involved in Luis Castillo hatred?

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Some guy named Andy Martino questioned whether Mets fans hated Luis Castillo so much because of race--well, ethnicity, because Hispanic is an ethnic, not racial, term, says the Census Bureau. Personally, I think they hated him because 1) he sucked 2) he was making too much money 3) Mets fans are assholes 4) the team sucked. Race didn't have anything to do with it. They'd have cheered him if he had played well. The same thing happened here in KC. Everybody hated José Guillén a lot, not because he is a black Hispanic, but because he sucks and was overpaid and is a jerk. Everybody loves Joakim Soria, not because he is Mexican, but because he is a good player. I seriously doubt that anyone in organized baseball in any position of power is racist/xenophobic to the point of getting rid of a player because of his ethnicity/race/religion. That would be counterproductive. You want the best ballplayer for the position, not the whitest one. Exception: There are about ten Scrappy White Guys in MLB, of whom Willie Bloomquist is the prototype. These SWGs hold their jobs because they always give it 110% and show up ready to play and know the inside points of the game and provide valuable veteran leadership and hit for a 700 OPS. There are no SWGs of any other race or ethnicity, by definition.

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