July 27, 2009, - 2:21 pm
So, yesterday, former Major League Baseball star Rickey Henderson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. But it’s very sad. Dude can’t speak English. What’s up with that? And, unlike the many foreigners in Major League Baseball, he was born here. It was a nice, classy speech, but in the wrong language . . . or something.
You’d think that a guy who excelled on the baseball field and did so many interviews–one who was born in America–could speak English. I mean even the Japanese and Hispanic guys we recruit from other nations to play in Major League Baseball can speak our language better than this guy.
Highlights from his speech:
* He turns plural into singular. He thanks his “daughter” (all three of them) and says, “I also want to thanks the member” of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He practiced (“prac-sed”) his baseball “skill.” He played for the “Oakland A” in front of “my family and friend.” Many more examples of this during his speech.
* Chose is now “cho-zed.” Practiced is “prac-sed.”
* “Mom Do Knows Best.”
* My favorite baseball player: Cal “Ripton,” Jr.
The rest of the speech (which is written out) is more of the same. It’s sad. This guy is 50 years old. And he set many records in baseball. But he couldn’t even accomplish the basic, proper English communication skill . . . er, skills. I feel sorry for him.
Tags: baseball, baseball hall of fame, ebonics, english, Major League Baseball, rickey henderson