July 29, 2008 10:13 AM
Hu Jintao Does Not Care For OPS+The Chinese have promised to unblock many censored Western websites during these Olympic Games, but many sites still mysteriously "time out" or have servers that "do not respond." Certain pages on CNN.com or BBC.com won't load here in Beijing; Google image searches for "Tiananmen Square" or "Falun Gong" won't work either.
But there is one website that's blocked here that I find especially strange. I'm talking, of course, about the fine bloggers over at Fire Joe Morgan.
I am not sure why this is the case. Maybe the Chinese government wants to hide the link between high BABIP and overinflated batting averages. Maybe they're against those who lurk in their mother's basement, thumbing through the dusty box scores in old editions of Sporting News. Maybe they just like Murray Chass' new website.
Whatever the reason, here's an open call for the Chinese government to unblock Fire Joe Morgan. The good people of China deserve to know what inane things the American baseball media are saying. Do not deprive the people of their JoeChats.