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November 2, 2013

Politics can learn a thing or two from sports

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“Too bad that doesn’t happen in politics,” I said.

“Point taken,” Freddy said. “Politicians are players, but politics is not a game, it’s a substitute for warfare, and just about anything goes. You could say that some sports are too, but they have rules and referees.

“The heart and soul of partisan politics is not how parties play the game, it’s whether they win or lose.

“When it comes time for national elections it’s making the other side look bad whenever, however, and with whatever it takes while making their own sound like the second coming.”

“Fairness is what’s in the eyes of beholders.” Freddy said. “There are those who are far sighted on certain things and those who are not. Political strategies are shaped by that.”

“They come in two categories. One is to market what they’re peddling, and the other is making the opposition look bad with whatever it takes.”

“Well so do athletic strategies,” I said.

“Yes, but players who muck up their plays too often get yanked then and there,” Freddy said. “Pitchers are benched when they lose control, and managers get canned when they lose too many games.”

“As with the Sox two years ago,” I said.

“The whole deal is unmatched in baseball history. They were the worst of the lot, and this year they’ve been sensational.

“They’ve made the season seem too short as much by the way they’ve done it as by the number of wins.

They’ve been class all the way, and win or lose in the games ahead, what they have done will live forever.”

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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