April 16, 2006

WHILE THAT AMERICAN MANNY RAMIREZ LEADS THE SOX AT FENWAY:

He really is one of U.S.: Keflezighi aims for American dream as he sets sights on first Boston (Steve Buckley, 4/14/06, Boston Herald)

John A. Roebling designed the Brooklyn Bridge. Bob Hope entertained American troops from World War II right through the Persian Gulf. Patrick Ewing, after tearing up the hot top at Cambridge’s Hoyt Field, went on to become a star in the NBA.

These are true American success stories, linked by the common themes of humble beginnings, hard work and the fulfilment of dreams. They are real-life Norman Rockwell paintings is what they are, classic examples of what can be accomplished in this country if, to use the old line, you pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.

Can’t you just hear the patriotic fife music playing in the background?

But wait: These people have something else in common. They were not born in the United States. But as any real, honest-to-gosh, flag-waving American will tell you, that’s what separates the good ol’ U.S. of A. from other countries: In this, the land of opportunity, in this Great Melting Pot, this gathering place of the huddled masses, it’s possible to move to these shores, pitch a tent and take a shot at living the American Dream.

Yet here is a fellow named Mebrahtom “Meb”Keflezighi, hoping to become the first American to win the Boston Marathon since Greg Meyer in 1983, but, well, you know . . . he’s not, like, a real American.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2006 6:45 AM
Comments

Have you checked out Manny's stats for this year? Egad man. With an ops like that he could be starting in the Sawx infield.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 16, 2006 12:14 PM

He's real in my book.

Posted by: erp at April 16, 2006 6:52 PM
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