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Former Nats pitcher Mike Bacsik is a racist

Apr 26, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

Mike Bacsik.jpgRemember Mike Bacsik? He was the guy who served up home run number 756 to Barry Bonds back in 2007. Back in January he was accused by former teammate Tim Redding of grooving the pitch to Bonds, which caused a minor dustup. Bacsik came out of that looking OK, though, because it turns out that Redding has often been a jerk to teammates and, hey, Bacsik is just some ex-pitcher trying to make a living on the radio.

Turns out that Bacsik is the bigger jerk, however, as yesterday he tweeted the following after the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks: “Congrats to all the dirty Mexicans in San Antonio.”  The tweet was almost immediately deleted, but nothing ever dies on the Internet.

A lot of people thought Bacsik served up the homer to Bonds in an effort to make a little living for himself out on the memorabilia circuit. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that he’s not going to be invited to sign “Mike Bacsik #756″ on worthless baseball cards anytime soon.

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  1. okobojicat - Apr 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    this is such a hugely insignificant and pointless story that I feel I must waste my time to state so. Craig, you have lots of really interesting stuff you should be talking about. This is one of those things you shouldn’t waste a single thought trying to compose sentences about or trying to find a picture for.
    Its a pointless, meaningless story. I very much doubt Bacsik was racist in how he treated any of his teammates. If he was, we would’ve heard about it by now. His tweet is ugly, and obviously wrong (are there any Hispanics even on the Spurs team?) but giving it any light of day is more than it deserves.

  2. Jay - Apr 26, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    It’s a big deal here in San Antonio. What’s pointless about a racist comment directed straight at the San Antonio fans (for your info, SA is a city with over 750,000 hispanics). The comment had nothing to do with the Spurs team.

  3. Evan - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Who cares?

  4. Largebill - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Craig,
    It is somewhat irresponsible to make a declarative statement that “X is a racist.” The goof in question showed poor judgment in what he tweeted. The tweet itself may have been racially insensitive. However, that does not mean he is a racist. He should have realized that people would overreact in these hypersensitive times we live in. One stupid statement or one poorly phrased joke does not determine that one is a racist or not. If a person of color tells a dumb blond joke would you call him racist or sexist? Probably not. Most likely you would laugh if the joke was funny or or not if it wasn’t funny.
    Also, just for clarification Mexico is a country and Mexican is a nationality not a race. An apt analogy would be if an area has a large Polish population and the local team wins a playoffs series it would be stupid for someone from the other team’s city to say “Congrats to the dumb Pollocks in Cleveland.” However, it would not be a racist comment.
    Valid concerns about racism will be ignored if people continue to get their panties in a wad over silly crap like Bacsik’s tweet.

  5. okobojicat - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Ahh, I didn’t realize it was directed at the fans. Yeah, then that is ridiculous and spiteful and stupid.
    Still, I don’t know if we should really be talking about.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Think what you want about Bacsik and this incident, but I tend to believe that we are defined by our actions when it comes to this sort of thing, especially our impulsive ones. No, we should not be definitively judged by our worst moments, I’m having a difficult time equating the use of the phrase “dirty Mexicans” to some blond joke.

  7. Dave - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    “I very much doubt Bacsik was racist in how he treated any of his teammates. If he was, we would’ve heard about it by now.”
    Not this.
    I played up through college with and against more than a couple of guys that have gone on to the big league level – each was willing to say things far more vile than Baczik’s comments against minorities.
    So, I know for a fact that there are more than a couple of racists at the big league level.
    Yet, the number that you have heard about basically begins and ends with ex-player John Rocker.

  8. Dan - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    It is a big deal okobojicat – you’re kind of dumb and ignorant for that opinion. It doesn’t matter if there are “hispanics” on the spurs roster, or in the organization – are you on drugs? Mike mentions the city as a whole. He’s just stupid, and you are too for thinking it’s not important. This isn’t a “better choice in words” thing. This is a “better choice in thought” thing – you and Mike are both guilty of that now. He knew it was wrong too… he deleted it. So that’s evidence enough that it actually IS important and does mean something. Come on now, don’t be stupid too!! d.

  9. tom - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Bacsik’s comments were dumb not racist..The comment had everything to do with his team losing..He was railing against the officiating and got out of control..
    Sadly he will pay with his job..His comments had nothing to do with his job on the Ticket..but that won’t matter..We have to make sure those 750K Mexicans sleep easy tonight..

  10. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Tom, that is absolutely ignorant. On what planet does a rational person’s attitude about officiating manifest itself in calling hundreds of thousands of people “dirty mexicans”?
    They guy may have been angry, but he also sounds like he has some serious problems.

  11. Jonny5 - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Maybe he was just referring to the Mexicans that just got back from work??? They’d be dirty. right? Just commenting that a person may be dirty or clean isn’t racist is it? I just don’t understand how dirty mexican is racist.. Is Dirty American racist? Dirty german? Dirty Canadian? Dirty mechanic? I dunno….

  12. Bull Durham - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    I care. In as much as it’s necessary not to simply brush aside racism as “insignificant.”

  13. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Using the phrase “dirty ____” is one of the oldest racist memes around. The entire concept is based on the notion that some races are “unclean” and impure, thus providing a putative (yet erroneous) intellectual basis for racism, segregation and the like.

  14. Ace - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    You’re not serious, are you? Surely you know that the term “dirty Mexican” refers to very particular and ugly stereotypes about a certain group of people. Every race and nationality you can name has its own set of highly loaded adjectives, all connected to unfortunate sterotypes of their own.

  15. Joey B - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    “Using the phrase “dirty ____” is one of the oldest racist memes around. The entire concept is based on the notion that some races are “unclean” and impure, thus providing a putative (yet erroneous) intellectual basis for racism, segregation and the like.”
    I seriously, seriously doubt that Bacsik thought Mexicans are impure when he made the comment. Some people just like to lash out. I seriously doubt that anyone but the nutjobs think of other races as impure.
    When I was in HS, there was a black kid that wanted to beat me up for no other reason than I was white. I never considered him racist, merely angry and violent. When I ran into him years later, after his anger had dissipated, he seemed fine. Too many people confuse anger with racism, symptoms with causes. When people get past their anger, they’ll often get past the racism.

  16. Largebill - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Craig,
    Bacsik is just some washed up ex-jock. As a liberal, do you have any thoughts on Obama’s National Security Adviser telling a joke last week about greedy Jews during a speech. I would hope you hold him to a higher standard for remarks during a prepared speech than you hold some moron for a stupid tweet typed right after a tough loss.
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/04/026156.php
    Oddly enough they have since scrubbed the joke from the transcript. Hmm, sounds like Bacsik deleting his tweet.

  17. J. McCann - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    In tough times blaming “the others” becomes more popular.
    So to say no one will ask for his autograph is not correct. There will be plenty of gatherings where his autograph will be more popular now.

  18. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Largebill: Call me when Obama’s National Security Adviser plays in a major league baseball game. Then I’ll offer an opinion in this space.
    In other news, I may be a liberal, but I don’t recall where it was written that I, as a liberal, was required to defend or attack (whichever it is you prefer) the comments of all people in a Democratic administration. I see you’re a Powerline reader. I will make a cautious assumption, then, that you are a conservative. Will you now make it a point to comment on racist things conservatives say? Lord I hope not.
    Anyway, last I checked (a) people of all parties and political persuasions say stupid and racist things; and (b) this is a baseball blog. While I sometimes use a tenuous baseball connection for a post, tenuous beats non-existent.

  19. Ohnohedidn't - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Come on. The world may like to think that we’re post-racial blah, blah, blah but the biggest problem is not that he said it, it’s that he was dumb enought to put it in writing (or to say it to an audience). This kind of thing gets said between people all the time (of all colors and races). Do you really think that Mexicans or African Americans don’t make “racist” comments about others amongst themselves?!?! So, mostly, he’s stupid – which is what you would expect.

  20. Ace - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    So, which major league baseball team did James Jones play for?

  21. char_in_miami - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    personally – i thought the joke was funny and thank you for sharing.
    however, i will add that the ethnicity of the store owner and the customer could be substituted to an almost unlimited variety of countries/cultures/races/characteristics etc. the fact that it is jewish and taliban actually seem a little far-fetched to me. the gist of the joke is what is funny – not the ethnicity of the characters, though it would probably be considered to be in bad taste no matter who the combatants were – i.e., yankee/confederate, white/black, american/cuban etc. also – i think the joke was basically in very poor taste considering that the person telling it is identifiable as a representative of the current administration.

  22. char_in_miami - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    personally – i thought the joke was funny and thank you for sharing.
    however, i will add that the ethnicity of the store owner and the customer could be substituted to an almost unlimited variety of countries/cultures/races/characteristics etc. the fact that it is jewish and taliban actually seem a little far-fetched to me. the gist of the joke is what is funny – not the ethnicity of the characters, though it would probably be considered to be in bad taste no matter who the combatants were – i.e., yankee/confederate, white/black, american/cuban etc. also – i think the joke was basically in very poor taste considering that the person telling it is identifiable as a representative of the current administration.

  23. Max - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Craig! How utterly petty of you. Do you get as sanctimonious when Charles Barkley fires off a racist rant? I didn’t think so. The racial double standard that you and other liberals chose to ignore, simply stokes racial tensions in this country. Well, if you don’t have talent, at least you can be controversial.

  24. char_in_miami - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    personally – i thought the joke was funny and thank you for sharing.
    however, i will add that the ethnicity of the store owner and the customer could be substituted to an almost unlimited variety of countries/cultures/races/characteristics etc. the fact that it is jewish and taliban actually seem a little far-fetched to me. the gist of the joke is what is funny – not the ethnicity of the characters, though it would probably be considered to be in bad taste no matter who the combatants were – i.e., yankee/confederate, white/black, american/cuban etc. also – i think the joke was basically in very poor taste considering that the person telling it is identifiable as a representative of the current administration.

  25. char_in_miami - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    personally – i thought the joke was funny and thank you for sharing.
    however, i will add that the ethnicity of the store owner and the customer could be substituted to an almost unlimited variety of countries/cultures/races/characteristics etc. the fact that it is jewish and taliban actually seem a little far-fetched to me. the gist of the joke is what is funny – not the ethnicity of the characters, though it would probably be considered to be in bad taste no matter who the combatants were – i.e., yankee/confederate, white/black, american/cuban etc. also – i think the joke was basically in very poor taste considering that the person telling it is identifiable as a representative of the current administration.

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