Hugh Douglas is Wrong

October 18th, 2009 by Christian | Filed under Baseball, General, Phillies.

Over the weekend I was listening to sports radio and I heard Hugh Douglas speculate that Chase Utley is being given a pass by fans on his recent throwing errors. He even went as far as to insinuate that fans aren’t being tough enough on Utley because he is white. Douglas said, “I don’t want to make it a black or white thing,” but then continued his own racially biased argument, by comparing Utley’s numbers to Ryan Howard’s numbers. Is Hugh Douglas kidding? Pitting two teammates against each other? This is coming from a guy who has defended Donovan McNabb for the past five years.

I offer this to Hugh Douglas: If the Phillies were in Game 7 of the World Series, and Chase Utley made three terrible throws, then vomited in the infield, do you think fans would give him a pass? You don’t have to answer that, because the bigger question is why aren’t you harder on McNabb? Is it because he’s black?

Could it be that Utley gets the benefit of the doubt because he’s a key component on a team that won the World Series last year? Because he never makes excuses or blames his teammates. “I didn’t make the throw,” Utley said repeatedly after Friday’s night game, taking full responsibility for the gaffe.

Bottom Line: Utley is putting up the best offensive numbers for a second baseman in the modern era of baseball! And both he and Ryan Howard are underrated. They are also both world champs.

If you’re going to be an analyst, stick to the facts. Fans support Utley because of how he plays, not the color of his skin. Fans are tough on McNabb because of his poor performance in big games, not the color of his skin. It would be responsible if our commentators could do the same.

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7 Responses to “Hugh Douglas is Wrong”

  1. PhillyDog says:

    Douglas is King of the McNabb Defenders. What a loser.

  2. MCHICK says:

    Make that Douglas is an idiot.

  3. MCHICK says:

    Doulas is an idiot.

  4. tophat says:

    As a 67 year old fan who marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King I’m offended by Hugh Douglas’s remarks about Chase Utley. No one is giving him a bye because he is white.He made a very costly error and we as fans recognise that he cost the Phillies the game. However, Chase Utley gives 100% every time he takes the field and he owns up to his mistakes. Instead of looking under every rock and in every cave for racism, you might more easily find it looking in the mirror. You are constantly supporting Donavan McNabb in the face of a poor performance in big games. Is that because he’s black? I think poor performance comes in all colors. I think most white people have moved past racism. After all we listen to Rap, we voted for President Obama, we watch Oprah, we celebrate Marting Luther King and his acomplishments and the list goes on and on. Look into the stands of any sport and you will see white people wearing the jerseys of black athletes. How many white people have you heard critise Michael Jordan? Is that because he’s black or because he is a highly acomplished athlete. I think you would be better served to invest the time you waste looking for racism, into a study of broadcast journalism, diction, and communications. Although you will probably see this as a racist remark, I do not mean it that way. Your choice of words, phrases, and the pronunciation of such is extremely difficult for me to understand. I feel very sad that such an acomplished athlete would not work as hard off the field in his profession as he did on the field. If you are pandering to black audiences to boost your ratings, you need do nothing. But if you care about being a respected broadcast journalist then I’m positive you know what to do. That racist horse you are riding is not a horse but a jackass!

    • Leo says:

      I agree with you completely. Racism runs both ways, and of course there is a double standard. When a white person comments negatively toward a black player it is racist, but not the other way around. Most of the professional sports are dominated by blacks, except hockey. That is pretty amazing considering African Americans only make up 12% of the population.

  5. James Screnci says:

    What can I say? Once again Hugh Douglas is pulling the race card, Boo Hoo! He complained when us fans got on Jimmy Rollins for not hustling and turned it into a racial issue. He jumps to Donavan McNabb’s defence every time we get on him for not playing good in big games and insinuates that the critisism is racialy motivated. He made it a racial issue when fans voiced their disgust for the Vick signing as if the same wouldn’t have applied if it was a white player who committed those hanaus crimes. And now he’s complaining that the fans are more critical of Ryan Howard than Chase Utley and subtly insuating that race is the reason! Hugh, do you realise how dumb you sounded? In one breath you said that the fans shouldn’t be so hard on Ryan Howard and in the next you contradicted yourself by saying that the fans aren’t hard enough on Chase Utley. (Don’t give anyone a free pass) Is this the message you want send to the Philadelphia fans? Your racial views are clouding your judgement on what the real issues are. Why were’nt you calling the fans out when Raul Ibanez struggled for a month straight and they didn’t utter a boo? Or is he not Latino enough! Do you not remember the two years in a row every time Ryan Howard stepped up to the plate the fans chanted MVP? The guy is beloved here and just like Chase, it is very hard for either to do wrong in the Philadelphia fans’ eye. Hugh, you need to take a look in the mirror and see that you are the racist and are keeping racism alive every time you make these unfounded accusations. We as Philadelphia fans deserve better than you!

  6. Leo says: