Sunday, September 24, 2017

Get that SOB off the field; he's fired--Bruce Maxwell

     Remember when Major Leaguers used to serve in the military on a large scale?  Me neither, but that's only because it last happened about 65-70 years ago during WWII and the Korean War.  A few of the players that served in the military include: Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Phil Rizzuto, Pee Wee Reese, Bill Dickey, Whitey Ford, Ed Collins, Don Newcombe, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Rod Carew, Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Hank Bauer, Curt Simmons, Ernie Banks, Jerry Coleman, Bobby Doerr, Ty Cobb, George Sisler, Tommy Lasorda, Gil Hodges, Hank Greenberg, Tris Speaker, Johnny Pesky, Christy Mathewson, Yogi Berra, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Warren Spahn, Bob Feller, Hoyt Wilhelm, etc.  


     My previous post just touched on the topic of patriotism, and how it brought me back to baseball after military service.  When the other sports starting doing their flag and anthem protests, it didn't take much for me to pull back any of my financing towards those sports since my focus has mostly always been on MLB.  Just a few minutes ago, I saw this photo on the Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/23/oaklands-maxwell-first-mlb-player-to-kneel-during-/.  Of course I was completed disgusted, and will be waiting to find out how long it takes MLB to remove this cancer from its sport.  It took the Mariners less than a day to remove Steve Clevenger last year when he referred to the lawbreaking rioters in his hometown of Baltimore as  animals on his private social media site during his own personal time.  Where was his right to free speech?


     I had just changed my profile picture on the Tradingcard Database to the one below, before seeing the picture above.  Now, I might have to find a Boycott MLB photo if this type of behavior is allowed to continue. 


     I don't want to see any more of this in America's favorite pasttime.  Please send this loser down to the minors and cut him during the off-season.  I don't ever want to see him in a professional baseball uniform again.  Let him protest on his own time, and not the company's dime.  I just wonder what other successful country is more inclusive than the U.S.?  MLB owners also have the right to free speech and can hire/fire as they see fit.  Fans also have the right to free speech and can spend their money where they see fit.  I also have the right to free speech and can write this post.


     Nobody has ever tried to force anyone to demonstrate their patriotism on the field, and no one is trying to.  I just hope that there are enough patriots left in this country to avoid these ungrateful spoiled rich kids.  It used to potentially be all of our duties to risk our lives defending this nation before the end of the draft.  Now, there are many people in this country that don't truly understand the concept of freedom isn't free.  We won't be able to continue to staff an all-volunteer force much longer if our children keep looking up to role models that don't support this country--at least not without extra large monetary bonuses.


     Mark Canha apparently thinks he's a modern-day Pee Wee Reese by showing his support for Bruce Maxwell with a hand on his shoulder.  The difference is that 70 years ago (1947), we were celebrating integration, not disrespect towards the National Anthem and American flag.


Mark Canha needs to go too.  Let him play out the rest of his career in AAA.


     If this doesn't stop, I will most likely have to cancel my season tickets to my local sports team, stop listening to MLB on SiriusXM, and stop watching games on television in favor of a more patriotic pastime.  I know MLB will stay rich, but at least I can say that I don't contribute to it anymore.  I'll stick with vintage cards until MLB gets this fixed.  I didn't like the incomplete statistics on the back of 2017 Topps anyways.


     God Bless Alejandro Villanueva who could never turn his back on his country as an Army Combat Infantry Airborne Ranger officer and graduate of the greatest institution in the world.  There is no excuse for disrespecting the American Flag or National Anthem for any reason, ever--unless you're not an American, and not living in this country.
   

     You might find a veteran here and there that will agree that they fought for every American's right to disrespect the flag, but I can't imagine you can find one (non-traitorous), that would say they were actually okay with it.  An insult to the American flag, is an insult the the American military directly. Active duty service members spend so much time demonstrating reverence to the flag and the National Anthem during their careers, that many often cry or get shivers down their spine long after their service when they see the flag displayed in ceremony during during the national anthem--I know that I do.  Active duty service members are required to demonstrate reverence to the flag in every instance that it is displayed.  This includes when the flag goes up in the morning (reveille), and when the flag goes down at night (retreat).  People driving in their cars on a military base are expected to stop their car and get out and face the flag and salute while in uniform during reveille or retreat.  When a flag passes by a uniformed service member during a parade, they are expected to stand at attention and salute.  Everything revolves around the flagpole in during an active-duty service members life if you really think about it.  Are you kidding me?





Monday, September 11, 2017

Have We Already Forgotten 9/11?

In August 2001, I left military service near NYC ready to begin my new life somewhere in the middle of the country.  One month later, I witnessed the greatest attack on American soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.  What I saw next forever sealed my love for the sport of baseball.  We didn't see anyone kneeling during our National Anthem.  No one came onto the field with their hands up to protest against our police forces.  Displaying the American flag insulted no one living in these United States from what I could tell.  Now, 16 years later, the town I live in has announced that the annual 9-11 memorial service will be cancelled for the first time since 2001.  My, how quickly things have changed.  God bless our nation and the families of the fallen. 























Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 Topps Houston Astros

It's kind of hard not to cheer for the Astros after watching Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey.  In response to its destruction, the Astros organization have unveiled their Houston Strong logo in time for their first home game since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast on August 25th, 2017. They enter today's doubleheader against the Mets with the best record in the American League.  









Where have all the '70s babies gone?

The number of MLB players born in the '70s continues to dwindle rapidly as they all start approaching the age of 40.  The 2017 Topps base set features only 20 players born in the '70s--and at least one of them has already retired.  Hold on children of the '70s, it's not over yet!