Friday, May 13, 2016
My suggestion is that the Nats race the Presidents before the game, then instruct the journalists to report that FDR sprinted to a convincing victory. Hey, it worked like a charm in the old days…
The WHHA [White House Historical Association] is currently celebrating each president in chronological succession with their annual White House ornaments. Last year, that meant Calvin Coolidge, who also appeared as the Racing President for the 2015 season. This year, that meant Herbert Hoover, or “Herbie.”
Aside from the actual mascot’s general creepiness, Hoover seemed at odds with the Rushmore Four and his other predecessors. Nevertheless, as unpopular and poor a President as he may have been, his selection follows in line with the WHHA’s process. All of which leads us to 2017.
Those well-versed in Presidential history already know where this is going. After Hoover drove the country into the Great Depression, America elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt the 32nd President of the United States. FDR was actually elected four straight terms (back before term limits) and was incredibly popular, known for his New Deal, and for his fireside chats, delivered to the nation via radio.
He was also in a wheelchair for most of his adult life. ...
There would be “absolutely nothing wrong with featuring a Racing President in a wheelchair,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, the leading provider and promoter of adaptive sports and accessible recreation for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
“If anything it can bring awareness to the fact that people with disabilities can be athletic in the same ways that able body individuals are,” he added.
Smith’s point might alleviate concerns over perceived insensitivity. A disabled Racing President winning races and competing on an even playing field with his peers could help facilitate a larger discussion and help normalize the stigma of disability in America. The CDC estimates that one in five Americans — 53 million — have a disability of some kind, while 2.2 million people in the U.S. depend on a wheelchair for basic mobility.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
We live in a politically correct world these days, with people sensitive about anything and everything. We can never be in other people’s shoes to understand why something might upset them, but there’s little doubt, it seems easy for everyone to find something that gets their goat.
Perhaps that was a disclaimer that what I’m about to write might upset some, but it doesn’t worry me enough not to write it. Twenty-five years ago when the Atlanta Braves became the team everyone loved, it was easy for Native Americans to complain about things with the nickname that upset them.
That’s a shame. But it’s time to make the Braves special again as they move into Sun Trust Park next season. It’s time to bring back some of the things we grew up with that made the team special.
It’s time to bring back the teepee. And while we’re at it, let’s bring back Chief Noc-A-Homa and Princess Win-A-Lotta.
Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 150 comment(s)
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Thursday, March 03, 2016
He just went to a farm upstate.
Now, there is nothing wrong with the new Hank. Hank II is, like his predecessor, a Very Good Baseball Dog. But do not lie to me and try to tell me that the dog on the left and the dog on the right are the same dog. The coloring in the face and the ears is all wrong, the face isn’t shaped the same way, and his ears don’t lay in the same spot. They didn’t just dunk him in a bucket of bleach and poof him up a bit. These are different dogs, folks.
None of this was necessary. The real Hank had been adopted by a family, and the Brewers have created a whole mess of memorabilia you can buy at the ballpark. The actual animal is now represented at the park by this large man in a costume, making him Milwaukee’s eighth current costumed mascot, in case you’re keeping score at home. We didn’t need a replacement Hank. What we have is fine, and we all know dogs don’t live forever.
Friday, January 08, 2016
Her name is Tessie. She’ll be at the Winter Carnival later this month. I assume that’s not the end of it.
(Link goes to a video production at mlb.com.)
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 3, 1915:
Averill A. Bates, a youngster from Peniel, Texas, is looking for a job as a mascot to a big league club. Bates says that he is luckier than any other boy of his age in the world, and that with him around all summer a club would have to win. He applied to George Stallings for a job, but was turned down cold.
It would be good work if you can get it. Looks like Bates would have been 17 years old in December 1915. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable way to spend a year at that age than traveling the country, watching baseball, and generally just hanging out.
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