Despite Success, Venezuelan Heat On Ordonez
Magglio Ordonez never did anything to Venezuela to upset the general populace. Or at least he never meant to. Instead, because of a commercial he appeared in that is running in Venezuela right now, he's getting booed incessantly whenever he comes to the plate.
Ordonez, who has long held a friendship with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, is serving as a celebrity spokesman for a campaign that calls for an end to term limits for Venezuelan politicians. That endorsement isn't sitting well with more liberal Venezuelans, like ex-pats living in the U.S., who are exactly the Venezuelans sitting in the stands at the World Baseball Classic.
Naturally, those fans aren't too thrilled with Ordonez's help to Chavez, and they're letting him hear it every single time he comes up at the plate. How bad are they upset with Ordonez? Just listen to some of the quotes from the AP:
"He should be expelled!" shouted Simon Azlak, a Venezuelan national and resident of Miami who attended the game with several friends.
"We don't want to see him ever again," his friend Juan Rangel added.
Now, Chavez is trying to help Ordonez by sticking up for him in yet another address. Naturally, that probably won't help quell agitation from fans who, well, never liked to listen to Chavez in the first place. You wonder whether anyone pointed that out to Chavez in the first place, don't you?
And hey, whether you like Chavez or hate him, you have to appreciate the fiery one-liners. Check out this one from the end of his pro-Ordonez announcement:
"Viva Magglio, and all our patriots!" Chavez said.
Sure, Magglio probably doesn't deserve to be booed, regardless of what you think about his politics. His hair, on the other hand, is fair game.
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