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Wednesday, Jan 23, 2002
"It seems the Nation won't let the facts interfere with a Bush-bashing opportunity. The Wall Street Journal noted in its "Best of the Web" column Friday that a Matt Bivens story in the Nation, "The Enron Box," began with a howler: "When George W. Bush co-owned the Houston Astros and construction began on a new stadium, Kenneth Lay agreed to spend $100 million over thirty years for rights to name the park after Enron." As the Journal noted, "it was the Texas Rangers, not the Astros, that Bush co-owned." Strike One.
The Nation was quick to "fix" this on their website. By late Friday, they had come up with this solution: "When George W. Bush co-owned the Texas Rangers and construction began on a new stadium, Kenneth Lay agreed to spend $100 million over thirty years for rights to name the park after Enron."
Problem is, the Texas Rangers play at The Ballpark in Arlington. Enron Field is where the Houston Astros play, more than 200 miles away. Strike Two.
The Scrapbook is beginning to think the Nation folks need to get out more. They don't know Texas; they don't know baseball. The only ERA they've heard of is probably the Equal Rights Amendment. So to prevent further embarrassment, we are happy to clue them in: Texas has not one, but two major league baseball teams, the Rangers and the Astros. The Rangers play in the American League; the Astros in the National League.
And what does Bush's onetime ownership of the Rangers have to do with the Astros' Enron Field? Absolutely nothing. Strike Three."