The Houston Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch on Monday after they were caught engaging in sign stealing, a cardinal offense in baseball. Sports columnist Barry Svrluga covered the story.
The pluperfect similarity between Luhnow, Hinch, and the Astros, on the one hand; and Donald Trump and the Republican Party, on the other, leaps out from the page and grabs you. Put morally and intellectually corrupt individuals in charge of any organization already wallowing in the same gutter, and disaster looms. No need for me to elaborate. Svriuga spells it out:
“At least in my view, the baseball operations department’s insular culture — one that valued and rewarded results over other considerations, combined with a staff of individuals who often lacked direction or sufficient oversight, led, at least in part, to the Brandon Taubman incident, the Club’s admittedly inappropriate and inaccurate response to that incident, and finally, to an environment that allowed the conduct described in this report to have occurred.”
For “the Brandon Taubman incident,” substitute any of the following incidents: any of Trump’s 15,000 lies; demeaning John McCain’s military service; bragging about sexually insulting women; using racist slurs; mocking the handicapped, etc., etc; and you have a description of the debased culture created by Trump and his Republicans.