In the grand tradition of the Brezhnev regime, Major League Baseball is forcing Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker to undergo psychiatric testing for expressing dissident political and social opinions. Rocker is on the rack for the . . . crime of hating New York. . . . Of course, when the charge is "multicultural insensitivity," the fact that one is telling the truth only worsens one's guilt. No doubt, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and the rest of the thought police will be shocked, shocked, to learn from the shrinks that a young closer whose job is to intimidate batters by throwing 95 mph fastballs right under their chins is hot-headed and hostile.
But the rest of us should be shocked by the chilling effect that "sensitivity" is having on free speech.