Iran’s President Ahmadinejad Proclaims Jewish Baseball Players “A Myth”
Ron Blomberg, the major leagues’ first designated hitter, to manage team in Israel Baseball League. "Typical that a Jew would weasel his way onto a major league roster by inventing this abomination called the DH," said Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the DH.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (The Sportsman's Daily Wire Service) — Ron Blomberg, Art Shamsky and Ken Holtzman, all former major leaguers – and all Jewish -- were named managers of Israel’s first professional baseball league. The 45-game season is scheduled to open June 24.
When word reached Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he denounced the “absurd idea of Jewish baseball players” as "a myth concocted and promulgated by the Zionist controlled American media.”
"They have invented a myth that Jews played professional baseball and place this above God, the prophets and all others who have played this strange but oddly compelling game," Ahmadinejad said in a speech to thousands of people in the Iranian city of Zahedan, according to a report from Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. “Jews through history have been usurers, meddlers and usurpers. They are not known for their physical prowess, unless it involves separating people from their money and their land…or wresting control of a nation’s media.”
The eerily composed Ahmadinejad went on to express his fondness for the American pastime.
“It is a beautiful game that reminds me of a game we played in my village as a youth. We’d butcher a goat and use its severed head as a ball. Someone would throw the head up in the air and we’d take turns hitting it with a shovel. One boy from our village, Ahmad al-Maloof played for the national team – he once smacked a goat’s head 250 feet. Ironically, several years later an angry imam caught him masturbating to a piece of Zionist pornography and crushed his skull with a pickaxe.”
Mark Regev, spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, said: "The combination of a regime with a radical agenda, together with a distorted sense of reality that is clearly indicated by these statements, is a dangerous combination. Are Jews better represented among the ranks of owners, agents and front office staff than they are on the playing field? Of course. I mean, have you ever heard a Jewish mother saying, 'Hey schmendrick, enough with the homework already, would it kill you to take a little more infield practice?'”
In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his government had summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires to make "unmistakably clear" its displeasure. In Brussels, European Commission spokeswoman Emma Udwin said such "completely unacceptable" comments would do nothing to restore confidence in Iran. The Spanish government said it "emphatically condemns" the remarks by the Iranian president.
Tehran-based political analyst Mahmoud Alinejad said the president could feel his speeches strengthen Iran diplomatically. “There is a perception, based on past experience that only when Iran threatens and pushes does the West back off," he told Reuters. “But if you ask me, the President is not entirely wrong. I don’t have the facts to support this and if there’s one thing I know about President Ahmadinejad, he doesn’t either, but between you and me…I’ve never met a Jew – not that I ever really met a Jew – that could catch up with -- or throw -- a 90 mile an hour fastball.”
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