Soldiers and Sluggers: The Co-Existence of Baseball and War in America

Posted: 2nd December 2009 by Matt Trueblood in MLB
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When President Barack Obama stood up in the eyes of the nation Tuesday night and advocated a 30,000-man surge in troop force for the ongoing war in Afghanistan, all Americans ought to have taken pause to measure the gravity of the moment. There will be no draft; Obama was clear on that point. As it has been since the end of the Vietnam War, all military service will be voluntary. As such, it seems highly unlikely that any high-profile baseball players will go overseas to fight, either in Afghanistan or in Iraq. Barring a hero in the vein of Pat Tillman, Major League Baseball will likely conduct business as usual next season, as though no war were going on halfway around the world. It just isn't in the nature of the modern professional athlete, whose millions provide security and the luxury ...

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