Barry Svrluga of the WASHINGTON POST reports today that Jim Lefebvre is the manager of China’s Olympic baseball team in Beijing this summer. And that Barry Larkin has also, already, played a prominent role in coaching up the Chinese squad.
But Larkin might be most excited about his role working with the Chinese national team, which is preparing for the Olympics in August. Larkin spent three weeks in Beijing working with former major leaguer Jim Lefebvre, who is managing the team, and he hopes to be invited back for the Olympics.
We’ve all seen the insane protests involving the Olympic torch the past few weeks, and we think things are likely to get uglier as we approach the opening cermonies in August.
With that in mind, Larkin might want to keep his role with the Chinese on the down-low. Lefebvre’s role we can more easily understand, as he’s out of work and needs a gig. But we’re guessing Larkin doesn’t have a shortage of job offers. And with his bank account, he certainly needn’t work another day in his life.
We want to make clear that we’re not giving Lefebvre a pass while questioning Larkin’s involvement with the Chinese. Both guys in our mind aren’t making the best decision when it comes to how they’re spending the summer.
We don’t think we’re overreacting or being xenophobic when we say that Americans should not be assisting the Chinese in anything Olympic-related besides ensuring the safety of all athletes in attendance.