08-07-2012, 10:14 AM #1
From the StarTrib:
Diamond, 24, reached his own milestone, becoming the first Twins pitcher to reach 10 victories in a season since 2010. But he was happier for his fellow countryman, Morneau, the fourth Canadian-born major leaguer to reach 200 homers.
I wonder where Diamond stands in the pantheon of Canadian pitchers to reach 10 victories? How about Canadian players with last names starting with the letter 'D'?
Does anyone else find the inevitable notation of so-and-so being Canadian to be superfluous and annoying? It seems that Canada gets more play in this area than Venezuela or the Dominican Republic. Why make a distinction as to nationalities when a milestone is reached? Who holds the record for doubles from Pago Pago?"Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand."
08-07-2012, 12:04 PM #2
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08-07-2012, 12:14 PM #3
Several NFL players, though. http://www.famouswhy.com/Born_Where/...can_Samoa.html
08-07-2012, 12:15 PM #4
I think it intrigues people because Canadians are so generally indistinguishable from Americans in day-to-day life, except when it comes to something as "American" as baseball, which hardly exists in Canada. There's actors and celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers (and the T-Mobile girl, woo!) that people wouldn't even know were Canadian unless you told them. Yet Canada produces very few baseball players, whereas in a Latin American country, baseball is arguably more important than soccer.
08-07-2012, 12:17 PM #5
08-07-2012, 12:21 PM #6
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Also, we're in Minnesota. The papers in Florida probably cover Latin American countries more thoroughly.
Of course, in New York they only cover New York, since the rest of the world does not exist.
08-07-2012, 01:16 PM #7You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.
08-10-2012, 02:21 AM #8