Independence Day: Harrison earned All-Star selection

Josh Harrison
This is a 2014 photo of Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. This image reflects the Pirates active roster as of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 when this image was taken at spring training in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Inside Conditions…
There is an old urban saying that goes something like this: “don’t hate the playa, hate the game.” Prior to Sunday past, I had been hearing the name of the Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, a “homeboy” favorite being tossed around almost as if he was supposed to be “automatic” in regards to making the NL All-Star team roster. I guess the selection of Pittsburgh Pirates “man for all seasons” super utility man Josh Harrison is just another example of “affirmative action” gone amuck.
Or wait, could it be that “confirmative action” was sucker punched without warning? See the definition of “affirmative action” at least  according to is; “an active effort to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups and also to promote the rights or progress of other disadvantaged persons.”
Well if any MLB club has a athlete that can play numerous defensive positions plus is an above average offensive player, then him making an All-Star team, any All-Star team in any sport should not be surprising, it should be expected.
The real surprise and travesty should have been if Josh Harrison wasn’t chosen to be an All-Star. By the way, Webster or any other dictionary does not even contain a definition for “confirmative action.” But wait, Aubrey the Great has defined it just for you, boys and girls. “Confirmative action” is; “when a particular race or creed is automatically chosen just because they represent that race or creed.”


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