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Wednesday, January 19, 2005


It Does Look Like Former USSR Bureaucracy 


Yankees 的 ownership + front office 的權力分配從某些角度來看還真的很像前蘇聯政府。

New York Times 的 Murray Chass 今天有一篇文章 "Steinbrenner Reaches Top of Seniority List" 談到在 Selig 家族賣掉 Brewers 之後 Steinbrenner 成為目前 MLB 擁有自己球團最久的老闆。Chass 是老牌記者了,早在 Steinbrenner 於 1973 年跟人合夥買下 Yankees 時就已經在跑 Yankees 的新聞,他要求訪問 Steinbrenner 結果被婉拒。Chass 不是什麼隨便不知哪裡冒出來的年輕新聞從業人員,他是最大的報紙的資深體育記者。

比較有意思的是下面這兩段:

Even baseball people, however, have noticed that Steinbrenner is more invisible than visible these days, more silent than verbose. It's as if the Yankees have constructed a shelter around him. People in baseball talk about it and wonder if he has a health problem that he is hiding.

One report circulating among them was that Steinbrenner had a stroke. No way, Rubenstein said.

如果對當年前蘇聯的組織運作及新聞報導有印象的人,應該知道西方國家常常必須從領導人物露面的頻率來判斷他的身體健康,以及從合照的位置來判斷政治人物的位置升降。看到對於 Steinbrenner 的健康的揣測讓我不禁莞爾,彷彿時鐘又撥回了廿年。

應該沒有這麼誇張,The Boss 真的是老了,不過露面少不一定代表健康出了嚴重問題,可能就只是老了而已。Chass 在他的報導中引述 Steinbrenner 的發言人 Howard Rubenstein 說 Steinbrenner 的健康沒有問題,也有似曾相識的感覺。不過在這個例子裡我相信我們應該可以相信字面上的意義,不必過度解讀。

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