This is messed up. Check out the headline for this article:
“Van Slyke on Ozzie: ‘Latinos are hot-headed'”
Now, three paragraphs down, here’s the actual quote from Tigers first base coach, Andy Van Slyke, who was asked about Ozzie Guillen’s recent outburst at the pitcher who refused to bean a guy:
â€œ(Guillenâ€™s) a guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve,â€ Van Slyke told the radio network. â€œHe is, if you want to call it, an atypical Latin baseball player.
â€œI donâ€™t believe that itâ€™s true for all Latinos, but a lot of peopleâ€™s perception is that Latinos are hot-headed. He has certainly shown that he gets a little upset and a little excited about the littlest, silliest things.â€
I dunno who wrote that headline (and chances are, it’s not the same person who wrote the article), but man, whoever it was did a serious hack job on Andy Van Slyke. Just completely hung him out to dry. That’s like a guy saying, “I know that the stereotype isn’t true for everyone, but I did once see a black man eating fried chicken,” and the headline the next day reading, “GUY SAYS THAT DARKIES LOVE THE KFC.” The headline is just a complete misrepresentation of what he said.
Van Slyke was, in fact, careful not to make any blanket statements about people of Latin descent… lets give him credit for that, instead of blindsiding him in the headline. How many people just glance at the headline and don’t read the article, and think Andy Van Slyke is a prick right now? That’s not cool. I’d say something about Van Slyke if he did say something offensive, so by the same token, I should probably also defend retired centerfielders who get unfairly railroaded by headline writers.
I went ahead and took a screen capture of it, just in case MSNBC decides to change it, as they damn well should.
And the headline to this little blog item is my own little personal act of vengeance on behalf of Andy Van Slyke. I hope it’s taken in the spirit as it was intended: completely factual.