In Eric Show, the Los Angeles Times has gleefully found a scapegoat upon whom it can pin the fault for the decline and fall of 1985 San Diego Padres. I say "gleefully" because the left-leaning Times could ask for nothing better than to excoriate one such as Show whose rightist philosophy is well-known.
I do not know Mr. Show personally, yet I was very much gratified to have received a phone call from him a few years ago in which he praised a letter by me that had been published in the Tribune. We chatted briefly about my letter, in which I wrote, "I do not fear an attack by the Soviet Union upon the United States. I do fear that through disinformation the Soviets will . . . gain their ends by the use of intimidation."
I have followed Eric Show's career with the Padres closely in the media. The Times sportswriter, Tom Friend (how misnamed can one get?), never misses a chance to inform one and all that Show is a member of the John Birch Society, as if this made some difference in how he pitches--other sports figures who share Show's political philosophy are seldom identified as such. And what about the black athletes with Islamic names?