As sure as cold breezes and April blossoms on Opening Day, someone will remind us that Major League Baseball is in trouble. Ian Crouch steps up to the plate this year with this April 2013 essay from the New Yorker.
- Mentioning A-Rod, the Astros, and austerity in the same breath, as Crouch’s title does, may seem startlingly disparate. Crouch begins by talking about A-Rod and ends up arguing about the Astros. What does the one have to do with the other? Summarize the argument. Is the connection between those disparate elements clear to you? Does the essay hold together? Why or why not?
- What does Crouch mean by “Yankee Schadenfreude” (paragraph 2)? Have you ever felt schadenfreude about the Yankees? About anything else? Describe your experience.
- Like Crouch’s article, William Moller’s essay in Chapter 17 of your text focuses on A-Rod in order to make a larger argument about the status and treatment of superstar athletes. In what ways are Moller and Crouch’s arguments similar? In what ways are they different? Who do you think makes the stronger point? Why?
- Major league baseball today, as Crouch points out, is quite openly all about business and profits. Could it be any other way? Should it? Using Crouch as your “They Say,” write an essay in which you respond to those questions. If you would like to see the situation be different, make concrete proposals for implementing your ideas.