On Chávez’s Death, the Mets and the Marlins Get It Right

by Jason Epstein

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin gives us the skinny on how the Mets are handling the death of Hugo Chávez:

Here’s how the Marlins responded, via Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:

The Venezuelan national team, which lost to the Marlins 6-5 on Tuesday and will play the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon before heading to Puerto Rico for WBC tournament pool play, requested a moment of silence and that the country’s flag be placed at half staff before Tuesday’s game in honor of their late president.

But after consulting with Major League Baseball officials, a Marlins spokesman said a joint decision was made not to do so because “there wasn’t enough time to honor the request.” The Venezuelan national flag stood at half staff for several minutes while the team took batting practice Tuesday. But the flag was eventually returned to full staff.

Really? “There wasn’t enough time to honor the request” that the Marlins observe a simple moment of silence?

Good BS, better PR, and yes, the right thing to do under the circumstances.

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