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42-The True Story of an American Legend is worth seeing


Today I went to see 42 and the only regret I have is that the theater was not full. Jackie Robinson (42) broke the color line in major league baseball. Robinson was not the best player in the Negro League, but he was the right Negro* to do what he did. Robinson would not have made it if he were a hothead and he would not have made it if he lacked passion. He was passionate, but he possessed something within him that kept him from meeting sticks with stones. Chadwick Boseman played Robinson and his portrayal gave us a glimpse of the struggle. Harrison Ford is Branch Rickey and he is not shown to be some kind of do-gooder he is a business man who wants more green and if Robinson and his kind can help make his bottomline stronger he will support this noble experiment. There is a very telling line in the movie when Rickey is talking to an owner who warns him not to bring Robinson to their town. Rickey asks him if there is law against it and he says no “but there is a code.” A code can be stronger than a law. Laws come and go, some are enforced and some are not, but a code is a promise made from the heart and that is hard to change. We also got an opportunity to see that Robinson’s team was not in love with the new Dodger, but as some of them observed him play they learned to respect his game and in 1947 that had to be enough. I liked the film and this afternoon I was discussing it with a friend of mine who has a son that currently plays college baseball. She said that even now in some areas the black players are still greeted with the n-word, but they continue to play because they love the game. Some things will probably never change, but fortunately some things have. So often we here black players say they are being treated like a slave or they are disrespected and they are left to find comfort in their million dollar checks, but perhaps they might see this film, and finally see real disrespect and how 42 handled it so that one day they would have the opportunity to sign their million dollar deals.

A Perfect Day at the Ballpark

Yesterday was a perfect day. The weather was hot, but not humid. We started the day at a graduation party for a dear friend’s son. We stayed long enough to enjoy food and rich fellowship with friends and then we left for the ballpark. Camden Yards in Baltimore is a beautiful park. We looked for our seats and they were on the shaded side of the park. Perfect for me. The kids immediately went out to the concession stands to get ballpark hot dogs, funnel cake and fries. Cold water was enough for me. One fact I have failed to mention is I hate baseball I think I can trace this back to childhood. I grew up in the era of one television and it was black and white. My dad was a postman and he was off on Mondays. So during the summer my sister and I would be watching something on the one television and my dad would say turn to Channel 9, I just want to see the score, and we knew then it was over. He would sit down and watch that game to the bitter end, and growing up in Chicago watching the Cubs the end was mostly bitter, but that’s my digression back to my perfect day. So what could make a day at the ballpark perfect for me? It was a time to just relax and laugh with my husband and children. A time to simply chill, and as they say smell the roses. We as a society don’t do it often, but it is good feeling, and I hope everyone has one perfect day this summer.

Baltimore Oriole Luke Scott is a Hitter and a Birther

Baltimore Oriole Luke Scott was appearing on a radio show and he was asked if he believed the president was a citizen. He replied no and proceeded to go into great details on the issue. So now when he comes to bat he will not just be seen as a hitter. He is a birther and we should not know this. Politics and sports simply don’t mix. Case in point Keith Olbermann is no longer part of the NBC Sunday Night Football Show. Why? Because he had become too polarizing. My question is should sports figures reveal their political leanings? Tell me what you think.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/12/08/2010-12-08_baltimore_orioles_luke_scott_reveals_he_is_a_birther_doesnt_believe_obama_was_bo.html

I Hate Baseball, but I love this Baseball Story

When I was a child I lived in a world where there was one television in the house. My dad was a mailman and Monday was his day off. We would be watching television and my dad would say turn to Channel 9 the Cubs station. He always said he just wanted to see the score, but once he sat down we knew he would not move into the final out. So as an adult I rarely pay any attention to the sport until yesterday. The story of umpire Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga has captured the attention of the nation. By now most people know Galarraga pitched a perfect game and umpire Jim Joyce called a runner safe who was actually out. He made a bad call and the pitcher was denied his perfect game. Immediately after the game Joyce literally stepped up to the plate and said he made a mistake. He took the fall, took the blame and took responsibility for the blown call. He didn’t try any pr mumbo jumbo he just admitted he was wrong. What was equally refreshing was the response of the pitcher Galarraga. Instead of screaming and cursing like a maniac he said the guy made a mistake and he accepted his apology. It was an act of grace and that is something that we rarely see in our society. We are used to seeing athletes go insane when a call is blown or when they make a mistake. There have been only 21 perfect games in baseball and I don’t know the name of any of them, but I will remember Armando Galarraga not for the perfect game, but for conducting himself as a perfect gentlemen.

Hooray …Sammy Sosa Can Now Pass the Paper Bag Test

Over the past few days we have seen the before and after pictures of Sammy Sosa the baseball great. He claims his lightened skin was caused by some face creams he was using. The cream must have been “bleach and glow”. Black people have been using skin lightening creams for years. The paper bag test was the barometer for beauty. If you were lighter than the bag you passed the test. In the past people lightened their skin for acceptance by the mainstream, but it is hard to believe that Sosa craved acceptance. This is a guy who in his heyday was hailed by millions. He was accepted. One would tend to believe that he was comfortable in his own skin, and he would not want to look like a ghost of his former self.

ESPN Fired Harold Reynolds for Sexual Harassment, but Steve Philips Gets a Suspension…Is This Fair?

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Steve Phillips has admitted to having an affair with a 22 year old production assistant. Phillips is married and the young lady did not take the break up very well. Police have become involved because of the young lady’s erratic behavior. Phillips has requested a leave of absence and he was granted one. ESPN was not as understanding in 2006 when then analyst Harold Reynolds (pictured above) was accused of sexual harassment. He was accused of giving an employee an improper hug and he was immediately fired. There had been no formal inquiry Reynolds had worked for the network for 11 years and he was simply erased, but Phillips is allowed to take some time off while they make a decision regarding his fate. Why aren’t they simply firing Phillips and calling it a day? What is the difference in these two situations?  One thing I did not mention is Phillips is white.