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Steven Goldman+Josh Gibson+Yankee Stadium= Good Banter.
What's the point? What should we do next Tuesday, field all living members that were in the Negro Leagues? If that's what he wants then say it.
Is it a history lesson on who Josh Gibson is? Then give us that, but the last line really bugged me:
"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Josh Gibson also was slowly killed by a disease, a tumor devouring his brain, at age 35. His farewell, if any, went unrecorded."
What's that got to do with the Yankees or any other human being on this planet who has since passed away? My mom passed away and she didn't have her farewell either.
I don't know, I'm just grasping at straws . . . as I read it, I felt he wanted the ASG to be used to reflect on the past and remember the guys like Gibson, instead of glossing over the bad old days. If you're going to celebrate history, why not celebrate all of it, and not just part? Even if the whole includes the bad parts?
4 I do know my past, but I see no way you can associate Josh Gibson, his untimely death, the Yankees, baseball's ugly past with race and the all-star game this year, and make it out to be somehow the Yankees fault. That's what I got out of it. It seems like something Jason Whitlock would write.
Caught the first couple innings of the '77 AS game (Goldman refers to) on YES last night.
Funny hearing the near silence that followed Shepard's introductions of Gossage, and Winfielda as non-Yankees.
Reggie hadn't become immortal yet, so he received less applause than Martin, Munson, and even the kid, Randolph.
Joe Morgan, Dave Parker, lotta damn good hitters on display in the early innings.
Not only did Reggie receive less applause, he also had some booes. Also, one of the loudest ovations wasn't reserved for a Yankee, but for Tom Seaver. I wonder how a returning Met hero would be received today?
My favorite part of the game was Reggie's reaction to the 2 HRs off Palmer...almost like, "uh oh, here we go again". We are in the midst of AL domination of the ASG, but it was nothing like what took place in favor of the NL back then.
Finally, in his first ASG AB in front of his hometown, Kenny Singleton was hit by a pitch in shin. He looked so angry by having this opportunity ruined that he actually picked the ball up and threw it back to the mound.
In short, Seaver was basically run out of town by management, in a trade that couldn't possibly stand on its merits. It was ugly, ugly, ugly.
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