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Robinson, the three Popes who visited the stadium and the victims of the Sept. 11 attack are other non-Yankees to be honored at Monument Park, beyond the center field wall. Pope Paul VI in 1965, Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 led masses at the Stadium.
During Nelson Mandela’s triumphant visit to New York in June 1990, shortly after he was released from a South African prison, one of his most memorable stops was a rally and concert at Yankee Stadium, where he donned a cap and jacket and proclaimed, “I am a Yankee.”
I greatly admire Mandela the man - I just am not on board with the Yankees co-branding efforts.
Definitely a reach, though less of one than any of the three popes in my book.
I do not see how an organization that was late to the party regarding integration can credibly honor someone that helped end apartheid, so I am besmirching the Yankees organization.
It's a marketing gimmick. Not sure why people don't understand that.
Yes, it's not like you ever complained about the Mariano marketing gimmicks.
I didn't like the overuse of "Boston Strong"
Seems like a nice gesture.
your first paragraph seems way over the line to me
Then read past the first paragraph.
I wonder what Ted Cruz's Facebook followers think of this.
contrary to Mandela's overall message of forgiveness.
I just Googled G. W. Bush's first pitch at Yankee Stadium after 911 to see if he was wearing a Yankee hat at the time. He wasn't. Whatever you think of his politics, that pitch was sweet.
The New York Yankees have zero real relationship to Nelson Mandela
I saw this in Virginia in 2007 in reaction to the Virginia Tech shootings -- the "we are all Hokies," days where employees were asked to wear maroon and orange, the incessant use of the Tech athletic logo (not the university's more appropriate academic logo, which went almost completely unseen during all this). It was, in effect, a huge pep rally in the wake of a horrific incident. If something similar happened in College Park, God forbid, I don't want to see Testudo (the terrapin mascot) employed as part of the healing process; it would trivialize tragedy.
I also knew the wife of one of the men who was on the Pennsylvania flight, and it was like she had to battle for the right to mourn for her husband with any specificity.
Bob can speak for himself, but wow I think you are going way overboard. It sounds to me like Bob in general does not appreciate the casual cross-contamination of the sports world and real world.
That makes two of us.
Makes me wonder if we know the same woman. A first cousin of mine who lives in the LR area (Maumelle, I believe) married the widow of one of the men who was on that flight. I met her about a decade ago at a family reunion not too far from Shreveport, possibly before they got married.
I was a student at Syracuse in 1988 when Pan Am 103 blew up over Lockerbie, killing 35 of my classmates.
Also upset that the monuments aren't in play in the new Stadium.
Robinson, the three Popes who visited the stadium and the victims of the Sept. 11 attack are other non-Yankees to be honored at Monument Park
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