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Hacker in the Dugout
The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating employees of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for allegedly hacking into the Houston Astros’ internal database to steal information about the team and its players.
  1. Who do the four men in the cartoon represent?
  2. What’s ironic about the cartoon’s title, “Cardinals Lineup”?
  3. What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
  4. The investigation follows another high-profile sports cheating scandal: The NFL recently found evidence that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs to give quarterback Tom Brady an advantage in a playoff game. Why might teams engage in this type of behavior?
  5. The Cardinals, who’ve won 11 World Series, are one of baseball’s most respected franchises. Do you think the hacking scandal will damage the team’s reputation? Why or why not?