Archive for May 7th, 2010

This past Wednesday the local sports talk radio shows were buzzing with a back and forth on the Phoenix Suns’ decision to don Los Suns jerseys to protest Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” law and show support for the Latino community.  Talk show hosts and phone callers had their say on the issue – should politics be injected into sports.   Today’s Chron has a piece on the issue.  Check it out. 

From what I heard, if you were for the new Arizona law, you wanted politics out of sports.  If you were against the law, you supported Los Suns.

Let’s not forget in early 1990 the NFL announced that Phoenix would get the 1993 Super Bowl on one condition – approve a statewide Martin Luther King Holiday.  Later that year Arizona voters narrowly rejected the Dr. King Holiday and a few months later the NFL voted to take the Super Bowl to California.

Earlier this week, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Executive Director came out against the Arizona measure.   Hey, 27% of MLBers are Latinos!

After September 11, 2001, the seventh inning stretch was stretched to include the singing of “God Bless America.”  Now it is just sung on Sundays and holidays at MLB venues. 

Remember the African American Olympians bowing their heads and defiantly raising their black gloved fists on the medal stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

We didn’t use to let South Africa come to the Olympics until they did away with apartheid.

The U.S. of A. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics because the then Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

So what the Suns did was not without precedent.  It doesn’t happen a lot, but it does happen.

The MLBPA is a very powerful entity within Major League Baseball.  If they join Latino leaders in calling MLB to move next year’s MLB All-Star game scheduled for Phoenix, well we just might have us some more discussion on sports talk radio.  Stay tuned!

Who holds the ‘Stros individual pitching record for most consecutive innings pitched without issuing a walk?

There was only one lonely Caballito at The Yard last night.   The dreaded paper bag also made its debut.  A Little Puma put one on during the game – ouch!

Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts is no longer with us.  He left us yesterday at the age of 83.  He made his bones with the Phillies and helped get them to the 1950 World Serious where they were swept in four by the Yankees.  Toward the end of his career he played parts of the 1965 and 1966 seasons with the ‘Stros.  One of his most memorable appearances was Labor Day Weekend in 1965 in the Dome when he went up against another future Hall of Fame pitcher named Sandy Koufax in front of an SRO crowd.   Koufax lasted seven innings and left the game with the ‘Stros leading 2-1.  In the top of the ninth, with two on and two outs, Roberts served up a triple and we ended up losing 4-2.   I was there.

Robin Roberts of course in 1965 pitched 38 consecutive innings without issuing a walk, a team record that still stands. 

This is Pink in the Park Week at The Yard.  Tonight they will hand out 10,000 pink caps.  Tomorrow they will hand out 10,000 pink tote bags.  Sunday the women get 10,000 pink jerseys.   There will be a Women in Baseball Seminar this evening at Union Station that I will check out.   Players from both teams will use pink bats on Sunday.  FYI: The Padres are in for three.

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