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America: Play Ball!

   Posted by: Pat   in Uncategorized

A friend of mine brought this old video to my attention last week and boy is it a good one. I love my country and I love the sport of baseball and somehow the scene from this video captures both exquisitely. Here is the video and a short description of what you are watching:

On April 25, 1976 at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday of the Chicago Cubs, grabbed and secured the American flag from two individuals as they were attempting to burn our flag in the middle of the playing field. It was an outstanding display of American Patriotism.

Rick Monday was a baseball name I’ve heard of, but he played just before I came of age. Now, he’s one of my favorite players. As a huge San Francisco Giants fan, this next sentence was hard to right. Tommy Lasorda, who was also racing to save the American flag, deserves great praise.

So Rick Monday and Tommy Lasorda, great Americans, that’s for sure, but of course their efforts on that April day in 1976 pale in comparison to the sacrifices being made by our troops overseas. This other patriotic story from the Weekly Standard shows another way we Americans ‘back home’ can help honor our country and the soldiers fighting for our rights and freedoms abroad:

A care package drive for deployed U.S. troops is receiving national notice after a professor at Suffolk University Law School criticized the operation.

Professor Michael Avery emailed his colleagues just before Veterans’ Day in response to a school-wide email soliciting donations. “I think it is shameful,” he wrote, “that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings.”

Avery’s email inadvertently contributed to the drive’s success, however, because its publication drew an outpouring of support for U.S. service members.

Samantha Caplan, a law student at Suffolk University, organized the drive after her boyfriend in the Marine Corps was deployed to Afghanistan. Since the publication of Avery’s email, the response from Suffolk students, faculty and administrators has been very positive, she said, not to mention the “incredible” support from people across the country.

“The majority of the student body has recognized that people are free to have whatever opinions they like,” she said, “and we’re certainly free to disagree with them.” She said that the donation bin for the drive has been “overflowing,” so much so that she has had to empty it every day since the drive started. “That speaks louder than anything anyone could say.”

So thank you Rick Monday, Tommy Lasorda, Samantah Caplan, the generous students at Suffolk U, and most of all, all of those representing the US by serving their country here and overseas. We have a great country and you are all representing it very well!

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