A Day That Will Live in Infamy

To the Baseball Fans of the United States:

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 2000 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by greedy agents and players of the Empire of Major League Baseball.


The baseball fans were at peace with that union and, at the solicitation of the players association, was still in conversation with the union and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in Major League Baseball.

Indeed, one hour after players agents had commenced bombing in Dallas Texas at the winter meetings, the Scott Boras the agent of Alex Rodrigues to Major League Baseball and his colleagues delivered to the team owners a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Dallas Texas from Boras offices makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the players agent has deliberately sought to deceive the Major League baseball fans by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the salary structure of Major League Baseball has caused severe damage to American League and National League fans. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, the confidence of American fans has been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Boston.

Yesterday, the player’s agents also launched an attack against Cleveland.

Last night, agent forces attacked New York.

Last night, agent forces attacked Colorado.

Last night, baseball agents attacked the Texas Rangers.

Last night, the agents attacked the Chicago White Sox.

This morning, the agents attacked Los Angeles.

The agents have, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The fans of Major League baseball have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the American and National Leagues, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the fans and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounding determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.

I ask that the Major League Baseball declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by sports agents and greedy players on Thursday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the baseball fans and the players union empire.


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