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It must have been torture to watch, but not as torturous as that Star-Spangled Banner train wreck before the NCAA basketball final.
Only problem is that he picked a boxer with Parkinson's and no real connection to the sport or town.
The Pirates had a blind guy throw out the first pitch yesterday. He did a really good job, too - hit the catcher right in the chest.
Wait. Did Andy and Ray just agree?
As with all overhyped sporting events, if they'd just let them play the ####### game without all the surrounding ########, the whole experience would be a lot more enjoyable.
Ali trained at the Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach for years and he beat Liston in Miami, but I doubt more than 5 percent of the people at the game were aware of the Miami connection. If not for seeing a small plaque on a wall on 5th Street while roaming around South Beach a few years ago, I wouldn't have known it, either.
Not really. I think watching college sports (or professional golf) is an utter waste of time. I doubt Andy would agree.
Watching, I was reminded of when they carted Ted Williams out at the All-Star game in Boston. That was a gem of a moment, with that day's hitters spending precious time with the Splinter. My guess is that this was drawn up to echo that, and it's interesting how different this one ended up looking.
I had the same thought. I thought Mr. Original thought he could pull a Ted Williams moment out of his ass on his big day. Only problem is that he picked a boxer with Parkinson's and no real connection to the sport or town. Ali may be a legend but he isn't a legend to baseball or to the kids on that field. Ted Williams appeared in Boston and was surrounded by all-stars that grew up in an era just after the one Williams left.
As for the Williams moment, I have to say I'm not prone toward the sentimental, even as to old-timers, but that was real, and really touching. Especially memorable was the way some of the then current players kind of gathered around him as if they wanted to protect him, make sure he was safe (and it wasn't as if the fans were going to attach him--Williams and Boston fans had made their peace long ago).
...why not have Jeff Conine do it?
I'm sure the sentiment behind this idea was nice
I don't think Ali could have handled the stairs. CF lets them get him into the cart nice and early. My grandma has MS, and her getting to the car and/or up and down the front steps to my parents' house is a lesson in patience.
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