Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Save a Flag, Meet the President

A note from afar from our very own Steve Sax:

From a Dodgers press release:


WASHINGTON – As Major League greats line up today for one final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, a former All-Star is headed to an even more historical venue – the White House.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Rick Monday, a two-time Major League All-Star, and his wife, Barbaralee Casciari Monday, will be joining President Bush and the First Lady at the White House as part of "Salute to Baseball – America’s Pastime." Rick will be coaching third base during a Little League All-Star Tee Ball game on the White House lawn tomorrow afternoon, following which he and Barbaralee will be guests of The President and Mrs. Bush at a dinner at the White House.

Monday, a Dodger radio broadcaster, is a veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve and a member of American Legion Post 211 in Woodward, Iowa. He won a World Series with the 1981 Dodgers and will be forever linked with an incident that occurred on April 25, 1976 while he was playing for the Chicago Cubs. When two protestors attempted to burn the U.S. flag on the field at Dodger Stadium in the middle of a game, Monday swiped the flag before they were successful – an act that motivated the crowd of more than 30,000 to break into a spontaneous rendition of "God Bless America." The scoreboard lit up with the message, "Rick Monday, you made a great play," for the visiting player and future Dodger, and the event was ranked as one of the 100 greatest moments in baseball history by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Monday has also been honored with a Senate Resolution for the rescue.

photo by Todd Sumlin, The Charlotte Observer


Rob said...

Does Monday smoke?

Steve Sax said...

It is amazing how much mileage Monday has gotten out of this action. I mean, it's patriotic and all, and a cool moment in baseball and national history--but to be rewarded yet again for it, by the leader of the free world, 32 years later, is pretty darn amazing. At this trajectory, post offices and banks will be closed on April 25 as of 2026 (or at least banks, given that post offices might not exist at all by then).

I'm sure we'll hear a lot about the experience of visiting the White House on radio broadcasts to come.