I was reading looking at the posts in Bretts piece on the coming announcement that Renteria will be the new manager. Some of the posts were quite hostile and I find that pretty unsettling.
I have had the experience of moving to another country in which the language is different. First let me say that moving to another nation alone is worlds away from being stationed at a military base somewhere else in the world. Yes, you might be in a nation in which the language and culture are different, but you still have the base, which is all American.
Moving to another country where it is just you is much more difficult. To read some of the posts which in a very simplistic way declare that those foreign players are here, they just learn the language shows a complete lack of compassion for human beings.
Of course they will try to learn the language, but they’re not going to learn it in a week. I came to a nation with a language other than English, many there could speak English and I was working in music, a field in which the language is “universal”. Playing baseball is much the same, the ball doesn’t speak any language, nor does the bat. But communication is important, and even if you understand the basics, not having a full command of the language leads to an isolation and that doesn’t help anyone.
I think this is a great choice, I hope it works out for him. I know how it is for those guys from other non-English speaking nations; I’ve been on the other side. Some of you guys need to “walk a mile in their shoes” as the song goes