While I am nothing more than a typically 30-something Midwesterner, I have a bit of understanding regarding other cultures. And while I have never been to Japan, it is clear the Japanese cherish-among other things-respect. Respect-it has to be the reason Fukudome was included on the initial 34 man roster for the the Classic. Yes, that Fukudome…the same Fukudome who was a celebrity in Chicago before he hit his Opening Day Shot…the same Fukudome who was ultimately benched and rightfully should have been left off the post-season roster (although that wasn’t going to matter much).
Anyone who knows me understands I am certainly no Cub fan, so being party to their repeated failures makes me happy. However I am a fan of the Classic (although I wasn’t at first…I came around to it) and would like the most balanced and competitve rosters possible. I guess it’s hard to question their management-after all they are the defending Classic champions. Still, with such depth in their baseball is Fukudome really worthy of a roster spot?