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What makes baseball specifically American?

March 19, 2016 | Author: | Posted in ethnic and area studies, social sciences


Alan Klein ‘s Sugarball is both a historical overview and cultural study of how citizens of the Dominican Republic not only enjoy baseball but use it as a means of cultural self-expression and , more importantly resistance to American domination of their small country . Though not openly hostile to the United States , the Dominican public uses baseball as a means of asserting pride and equality in the face of long formidable neocolonial domination

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United States , where for decades it remained the dominant spectator sport . More importantly , Klein asserts , baseball is uniquely American in how it has spread to other nations and dominates the game elsewhere . It has the largest and strongest organization , the richest teams , largest fan base , most lucrative broadcasting and advertising contracts , and most extensive networks for scouting and player development

Baseball ‘s presence in the Dominican Republic (among the western hemisphere ‘s poorest nations ) is also uniquely American because , as with other aspects of American culture , it was brought there as American domination spread throughout the Caribbean American interests assumed control of the Dominican economy . However , unlike other American corporations , Major League Baseball did not provoke widespread unmitigated resentment , but is for the most part supported by the nation ‘s people . In addition , the methods long used to scout and sign Dominican ballplayers is similarly dubious and rifer with duplicity Klein calls their methods so reminiscent of those of the West African slave traders of three centuries earlier (42

In terms of the game itself , the rules and style in each are generally the same , and while Dominicans play the game with an intensity equal with Americans , their approach to other aspects of baseball are more casual , reflecting that society ‘s leniency and lax approach to time While Dominican players play as hard as their American teammates and opponents , they embrace a much more casual attitude toward time frequently showing up late for meetings or practice unless specifically required to be punctual . In addition , they tend to be more exuberant and unrestrained playing the game seriously is not equated with a somber demeanor

Most of the differences lie off the field , particularly in the atmosphere of a stadium on game day . The fan culture is radically different where American fans are more restrained , often get to games on time , and can sometimes be confrontational with other fans , Dominican fans are generally louder , more physically and temperamentally relaxed more effusive (even with strangers , and , despite the demonstrative body language and shouting shown in arguments , there is far less violence than at an American ballgame . Klein attributes this to the fact that [Dominican fans] are far more social than North Americans , more in tune with human frailty . Because they see so much human vulnerability because they are closer to the margins of life , they are more likely to resist the urge to bully and harm (148

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