The Naturalized

  • Aired:  07/12/11
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Al Madrigal covers Latino protests at the Phoenix All-Star Game, where players show solidarity by grabbing their balls and spitting like they mean it. (4:55)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

NOW, IT'S BEEN... IT'S BEEN OVER

ONE YEAR SINCE ARIZONA GOVERNOR

JAN BREWER SIGNED SB-1070, A

CONTROVERSIAL BILL THAT SOME

CALL TANTAMOUNT TO RACIAL

PROFILING WITH SOME UNINTENDED

CONSEQUENCES.

>> BASEBALL, NEARLY 30%

HISPANIC, IS A FLASH POINT FOR

PROTEST.

BASEBALL'S ALL-STAR GAME

SCHEDULED FOR PHOENIX NEXT

SUMMER MAY HANG IN THE BALANCE.

>> Jon: THAT'S THE ONLY WAY

HOW WE DECIDE WHO GETS HOMEFIELD

ADVANTAGE IN THE WORLD SERIES,

UNLESS SOMEONE, YOU KNOW,

PHILLIPS A QUARTER.

ANYWAY, FOR MORE ON THE IMPACT

OF SB-1070 ON THE ALL-STAR GAME,

WE GO TO CHASE FIELD IN ARIZONA

AND SENIOR LATINO CORRESPONDENT

AL MADRIGAL.

AL?

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> WHAT A NIGHT FOR BASEBALL,

JON.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING.

A LITTLE HOT.

COULD BE THAT IT'S 127 DEGREES

IN ARIZONA, OR I GOT A CASE OF

BASEBALL FEVER.

[CHUCKLING]

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: AL, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO

BE COVERING THE PROTESTS ABOUT

THE LAW IN ARIZONA, NOT ENJOYING

THE GAME.

I THOUGHT THE LATINO COMMUNITY

WAS FURIOUS ABOUT THIS?

>> OH, YES.

RIGHT.

THEY'RE FURIOUS, MUY FURIOUSO.

>> Jon: AL RUSSIA THERE

PROTESTS?

ARE YOU COVERING THE PROTESTS?

>> SURE.

YES, IT'S... OH, COME ON, JON.

IT'S BASEBALL, MAN.

I MEAN, I'D PROTEST IF IT WAS

ANY OTHER SPORT, BUT WE LOVE

BASEBALL.

IT'S THE ONLY SPORT A LATINO CAN

DREAM OF PLAYING IN AMERICA.

WE'RE TOO SHORT FOR BASKETBALL.

WE'RE TOO SMALL FOR FOOTBALL,

TOO SMART TO SCRAP ON A PAIR OF

ICE SKATES AND LET A CANADIAN

BEAT THE [BLEEPED] OUT OF US.

[APPLAUSE]

SO BESIDES DOG WHISPERING,

BASEBALL IS ALLAH TINOS HAVE

LEFT.

>> Jon: LATINOS LOVE BASEBALL

AND DOG WHISPERING SO MUCH

THEY'LL LOOK PAST ANY INJUSTICE

DONE TO THEM?

>> ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE

BATTLE OF CHAVEZ RAVINE?

DURING THE 1950s, 3,800

MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS WERE TAKEN

FROM THEIR HOMES IN LOS ANGELES

SO THE NEWLY RELOCATED DODGERS

COULD HAVE A STADIUM.

GUESS WHAT THEY CALL THOSE

PEOPLE TODAY?

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: THAT IS INCREDIBLE.

>> HOLD ON A SECOND.

HEY!

>> Jon: SO ADRIAN GONZALEZ IS

DOING WELL AND HE DOESN'T WANT

TO MISADVERTISE GAME, IS THAT

IT?

[LAUGHTER]

>> I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT, MAN.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: I'M TALKING ABOUT HOW

YOU CALLED THE VENDOR FOR A BEER

AND THEN... AND THEN JUST

APPARENTLY TOOK IT FROM SOME

[BLEEPED] GUY WHO WAS STANDING

AROUND.

ANYWAY...

>> I DIDN'T REALIZE, SORRY, JON,

I DIDN'T REALIZE THIS GUY WAS

RIGHT HERE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: LAST YEAR, AL, YOU

WERE... LAST YEAR...

[LAUGHTER]

LAST YEAR... WAITED.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

[LAUGHTER]

LAST YEAR YOU WERE REALLY ANGRY

ABOUT THIS ISSUE.

ROLL THE TAPE.

>> AND THAT'S WHY MY MYSTERY

BORE OF 2010 IS "SEX IN THE CITY

2."

IF I MAY, JON, JUST A QUICK

PERSONAL MESSAGE FOR MAJOR

LEAGUE BASEBALL COMMISSIONER BUD

SELIG, ARIZONA'S LAW IS RACIST

AND HAVING THE ALL-STAR GAME

THERE IS TOTAL BULL [BLEEPED].

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, AL.

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN, THAT AL?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

I LIKED THE FIRST "SEX IN THE

CITY."

I JUST THOUGHT THE SECOND WAS

UNNECESSARY.

WHY MESS WITH PERFECTION.

>> Jon: SO AL, THERE WILL BE

ZERO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SB-1070

IN TONIGHT'S ALL-STAR GAME?

>> I WOULDN'T SAY THAT.

PLAYERS ARE SHOWING SOLIDARITY.

BENEATH EACH EYE, PLAYERS HAVE

DECIDED TO WEAR THING BLACK

MARKS SYMBOLIZING THE DARK TURN

IN ARIZONA POLITICS.

>> Jon: AL, PLAYERS DO THAT.

>> THEY'RE ALSO GOING TO GRAB

THEIR BALLS AND SPIT.

>> Jon: I BELIEVER THEY DO

THAT, AS WELL.

>> NO, BUT THIS TIME THEY'RE

GOING TO MEAN IT.

[LAUGHTER]

LOOK, YOU CAN'T KEEP LATINOS

FROM PLAYING BASEBALL.

JUST LIKE THE GHOST FROM THE

CORNFIELD IN THAT MOVIE WITH

KEVIN COSTNER SAID, "IF YOU

BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME."

AND BY "THEY," I MEAN HORDES OF

LATINOS.

>> Jon: THANK YOU, AL.

AL MADRIGAL, EVERYBODY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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