A funny thing happened this week. In baseball's American League East, a Canadian team from Toronto, Ontario, captured the division crown.
The victory has sparked a small controversy among followers of American's national pastime, or at least one would think so reading the patriotic pages of the Boston Globe and The New York Times this week. While it has been common knowledge ever since the demise of the Yankee dynasty of the fifties that non-yankees (read: non- Americans) could play the sport, no one has seemed prepared to face the unbelievable: that the invaders might play in a World Series. No one, that is, until now.
The embarrassments of the past summer have only compounded Canadian paranoia vis-a-vis her giant neighbor. Statistics disclosed in June showed that Canada's economy continues to suffer feebly beside the U.S's robust (though inauspicious) financial recovery.
Then, in August, when the Pentagon sent a military submarine on a maneuver through Canadian territory near the Arctic without asking permission, Brian Mulroney's Tory government hung its head in shame for the country's impotence. Criticism was lost in the wind; Canada had no clout.
So they have been compelled to release their secret weapon: Dave Stieb and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Let the BJ's show who's boss, eh?