Let is not forget that this country was created out of protest against tyranny. And it set out to maintain higher ideals than other nations, including ensuring the right of free speech. Geneally speaking, these athletes aren't spewing hatred toward the country, they are reflecting on the need for the country to live up to its stated ideals. And they want others to do the same.
I was thinking about that earlier. Baseball has a hard time engaging younger fans. It's sad that this whole kerfuffle might create a stronger connection between ballplayers and people their own age and younger.
There is lots of over-the-top behavior on all movements. Animal rights activists go through more fake blood than the great Harley Race in his heyday.
Gallen is a heck of a pitcher. It's no surprise that he is panning out. As for the A's, there are other cities eager for baseball. Portland would be a nice stop, Nashville is thinking expansion. Vegas would need a retractable roof because of the crazy heat. As for Oakland, the city has come a long way but the stadium has not. I can't believe the A's are still in that dump.
You think about Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina immediately. Adam has had a ton of injuries, as with most pitchers with his longevity, and Molina has finally suffered some wear and tear. Molina never wants to sit and in a 60-game sprint that won't be a big issue.
Actually, when you back at it, isn't Curt Flood due a bigger apology? His relationship with the franchise soured rather dramatically, which led to his trade, which led to his fight againt the reserve clause, which eventually led to free agecy and changed the sport for the generations that followed. He was a trailblazer, like Jackie, and he suffered mightily for it.
No, Ryan O'Reilly already does many things great captains do. He helped change the culture of the franchise. He leads by example day after day after day. The much-discussed Jaden Schwartz is another guy who is well-respected. Some day Robert Thomas will be held in that esteem because he is another worker.
Every time you whine about Mozeliak I point out that zero general managers can match his overall track record relative to market and payroll size. So if there are zero GMs who have done more with the available resources than he has.
I don't believe he will trade Jack Flaherty because he fears that a massive chunk of the fan base will boycott the 2021 season if Flaherty dares to call for societal change.
Speaking of disrepect, what about the NFL striking marketing deals with the military to turn pregame ceremonies into recruiting commercials? And having a soldier sing our national anthem for fee? Personally I have more trouble with that.
Well, he better hit better than .200 with men in scoring position. It sounds like he made some adjustments, so we'll see.
So that plaque would mean more than the annual Jackie Robinson Day and the retired number?
Fair enough. We forget how great Flood was on the field because of his outsized impact on the industry.
Actually, the problem has been at that point of the pool where the bottom starts to decline into the deep end, where the water starts rises to eye level. That is the in-between place where the Mike Leake Mistake occurred. And "Sidearm Brett" Cecil, Greg Holland and the rest.
Ah, that is not how many of us we were raised. In fairness I'm old enough to remember life after the cold war when society was very, very protective of all of our patriotic symbols -- especially the flag.
Yeah, it's not enough just to read about an actual four-RBI game from Paul DeJong, fans want to see such a thing.
Nope, can't help you there.
Play a game, do the ice, play another game, do the ice . . . I can see long-suffering fans taking some sick days to check out the action from Canada.
He gets plenty of love for that and rightfully so. Looking at where we today in sports, it's hard to imagine a world with such color barriers in sports.
Branch was not an athlete being subjected to abuse from fans and opponents. But the decision he made went against the grain of his industry and the social climate of the time.
OK, thanks for the discourse. Everybody behaved pretty well. I kept waiting for it to go completely off the rails and it didn't. Stay safe and I'll see you next time.