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Wang's World: Yankees Ban Chinese Food

Apr 20, 2009

Chien-Ming Wang's Disastrous Outing Prompts Action
“He’s Spending Too Much Time At The Soy Kitchen Before Games”
New York - Blame it on the MSG? Yankee starter Chien-Ming Wang has given up more runs in his first three starts, 23, than any Yankee pitcher in the team’s 96-year history. Wang’s E.R.A. is a stunning 34.50. In his last start, Saturday, the Yankees surrendered 14 runs in the second inning to the Cleveland Indians, the most runs the team has ever allowed in any inning.
The New York Yankees are an organization that does not suffer embarrassment well. Wang's atrocious numbers meant something had to give. Today, after nearly two days of deliberations, the Yankees announced they would go to the heart – well, stomach – of the matter, instituting an immediate ban on Chinese food at the new Yankee Stadium.
“Wang is spending too much time at the Chinese food concession before games,” said one Yankee official who, understandably, insisted his name be withheld in exchange for speaking to a reporter. “If he were an Italian with a 34 E.R.A., we’d keep him away from manicotti,” continued the official. “This has nothing to do with ethnicity; he’s a chow hound, plain and simple. And he's getting lit up.”
Wang, 29, who gave up 8 runs on 8 hits in one and third innings on Saturday, and has surrendered 23 hits in five and a third innings this season, said he’d “do anything” to help the team. Well, almost anything. The quiet right-hander quickly announced he would file a dim sum dispensation protest with Major League Baseball. “I hope this doesn't make Joe (Girardi) mad," said Wang, referring to the Yankees' manager. "Dim sum are just like ravioli, so I think Joe will understand why I shouldn't be asked to give them up.”
When informed of the dim sum appeal, a visibly agitated Jorge Posada, the Yankees' veteran catcher, sarcastically said, “I hear they got good dim sum in Wilkes-Barre.” New York’s Triple-A farm club is located in Wilkes Barre, PA, a city not known for fine Chinese cuisine.

In Wang's native Taiwan, where the third player of Taiwanese descent to play in the major leagues is a national hero, scores of protests erupted. The spontaneous so-called Hot Dog Parties featured angry speeches and towering bonfires of burning wieners.   

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Reader Responses
Apr 20, 2009 8:21 AM
uh duh!  MSG=monosodiumglutimate. 

BTW, the China House Buffet (683 Casey Ave, Wilkes Barre) is offering a "pick 34" from column A OR column B special this week for anyone wearing a Yankees uniform.
Apr 20, 2009 8:18 AM
MSG?  Why blame it on the Garden?
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