June 7, 2005

THUS THE AMERICAN PASTIME:

Everybody's All-American (Bob McManaman, Jun. 7, 2005, The Arizona Republic)

During pregame ceremonies to honor war veterans, in conjunction with a memorial monument unveiling across the street, a teenage boy holding the American flag was overcome by the heat and nearly passed out.

Diamondbacks left fielder Luis Gonzalez, who was stretching on the field just behind the youth, immediately rushed to his aid. He also grabbed Old Glory before the flag hit the ground, drawing a roar of applause from the crowd during and after the national anthem.

"All the military guys that were out there were talking to me afterward like I did something special," Gonzalez said, "but I just did something that I think anybody else would have done."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2005 7:01 AM
Comments

I sure wish that guy was still a Lastro about now.

Posted by: kevin whited at June 7, 2005 10:14 AM

April 25, 1976 without the anti-American malice.

Posted by: pchuck at June 7, 2005 11:18 AM

Luis Gonzalez is the best player in baseball. Maybe not theone with the greatest numbers (though he did hit 57 homers in 2001), but the best all around player and person.

Posted by: Brandon at June 7, 2005 12:20 PM

For those (like me!) who lack pchuck's encyclopedic knowledge of base ball history, this entry from the record books:

"IN THE NEWS: Cubs OF Rick Monday snatches an American flag from two fans who are about to set it on fire in the outfield during a game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers win 54 in 10 innings. The next day, the Illinois legislature unanimously approves May 4th as Rick Monday Day."

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 7, 2005 1:20 PM

"Rick Monday Day" was a Tuesday.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 7, 2005 5:02 PM

"I just did something that I think anybody else would have done."

How about Carlos Delgado?

Posted by: AC at June 8, 2005 11:57 AM
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