ESPN's Todd Grisham Asked The All Important Question: Do Your 3,000 Hits Even Count If You Use A Translator?
If you want to scrutinize Todd Grisham for trying to dilute a remarkable milestone that has only been achieved by 29 other players in the long, storied history of baseball then be my guest. What I want stand for is people acting as if it's not a toss up as to whether getting 3,000 hits is more impressive than being highly successful in America for 15 years without learning it's primary language. Now granted, that's not even remotely close to being the case here because it's widely known that Ichiro Suzuki speaks highly fluent English and only uses a translator to avoid having talking heads make a big deal of something as stupid, petty, and irrelevant (ahem) as a simple miscommunication. However, you can imagine what it would be like if it was, right? I mean, It would just take a supreme amount of negligence and disregard for a public figure to willfully ignore and outright refuse to learn the common knowledge necessary to acclimate with his peers. Dare I say that would be just an unforgivable as a paid sports personality criticizing one of the most accomplished players in all of athletics over the last decade and a half for not speaking a language that he does - indeed - speak?
Todd Grisham, ladies and gentleman. The guy's got takes so hot that he can't even get them out to the public without setting himself ablaze in front of hundreds of thousands of social media users that are looking for something to with their dried out wood and endless gallons of gasoline. I'm sure people will take it easy on the dude that thought the day that a well liked, universally respected player hit his way into the history books was the day he should be called out for something that's patently false. Whew, happy fucking Monday Todd. Might want to let the coffee get those neurons firing before you come out the gates taking aim at someone's fictitious lack of bilingual literacy when the person in question is surely going to be the main topic in a slow sports summer news cycle. Look on the bright side, maybe people will be too busy listening to the translator enabling Ichiro's anti-American ways to notice that you appeared about as cultured as a person that pronounces 'Arab' as if it is two words.
From "idiot" to apology in the blink of an eye...
Nice little spin on the "I can't be racist, I have black friends" rhetoric...
P.S. Pretty sure Ichiro has this whole English thing down pat...