Category Archives: Baseball

All created in God’s image

There is no crying in baseball. Everyone who has viewed A League of Their Own knows that.

There should also be no racism in baseball. Or at least as little racism as possible. And there certainly should not be racism in teams names, mascot, and imagery.

For that reason I, who have owned a home in Cleveland Heights since 1985, believe it is time for the Cleveland baseball team to change its name and mascot.

I was delighted to see, and honored to sign, a petition to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and the Paul Nolan, the CEO of the Cleveland team.

The petition, started by Toni Buffalo, a Lakota person of faith and a member of the United Church of Christ and posted under the name of the the Justice & Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ states:

Our faith tradition teaches us that we are all created in God’s image. Holding on to racist images and inappropriate names only serves to injure our common humanity and to disfigure God’s image in all of us.

I urge you use your power to change the name of the Cleveland baseball team and to eliminate the use of its current mascot, Chief Wahoo.

Amen.

I signed. I hope you will too.

It is time for this change.

It is past time.

See you along the Trail.

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Virtual 5K – the result

My virtual 5K, sponsored by Cutch’s Crew to support Pirates Charities took place in the Louisville Waterfront Park. I ran the first kilometer and the final .75 kilometers. In between, I alternated running and walking as songs changed on the iPod. The result came out like this:

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Virtual 5K – the beginning

As part of my self-care regime (which is going OK, not great), I resolved to run my first 5K ever. I chose a virtual 5K, sponsored by Cutch’s Crew to support Pirates Charities.

My efforts did not move as quickly as I hoped, so I ended up walking and running on 4 April 2015 in Louisville. Here’s how things looked at the beginning:

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Feliz cumpleaños, Roberto

Roberto_ClementeRoberto Clemente would have been 80 yesterday.

Today is World Humanitarian Day.

It seems fitting that these two days fall so closely together.

As great a ballplayer as he was, Roberto was a greater humanitarian, a greater man.

Feliz cumpleaños, Roberto. Te recuerdo.

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Why I like New York 38: baseball

Yankees.

Mets.

Cyclones.

Yankees (Staten Island variety).

Games in Central Park.

Games in other parks.

Baseball abounds in New York.

Two major league teams means the Pittsburgh Pirate come to town. Not often, but they do come to town. For those who bleed black and gold, me for example, that’s a blessing.

The weekend of May 17 and 18, the Pirates dropped two to the Yankees.

Today a three-game series began with the Mets at CitiField.

Members of the Columbia Theological Seminary Doctor of Class went to the game with me today. My friends Don Jang and John Gingrich also attended. As did Bob Brashear, a fellow Pittsburgh guy.

We saw a great game. And the Pirates came from behind to win. A Bucco win makes this an easier post to write, but baseball with friends is always pretty good.

With Bob at Pirates game

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Time to change the Cleveland baseball mascot

It is time to change the mascots of a number of teams. Past time.

The Cleveland baseball team is one of them.

A recent story on Indian Country Today Media Network, based on a report in Deadspin, addresses this question:

A Cleveland Indians fan, painted in redface and donned in a faux Native American headdress, justified his brazen actions Friday afternoon by stating his attire was not racist – just “Cleveland Pride.”

The photo with the story says it all. Check it out.

Here are three responses to the Cleveland mascot.

From Indian Country Today Media Network:

A campaign to remove the image of Chief Wahoo, aptly titled “DeChiefing,” has gained momentum again as the 2014 season launched across the nation.

From Deadspin:

There is a lesson here, and that lesson is: For fuck’s sake, don’t do this.

From the National Congress of American Indians:

Change the Mascot.

Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry has a petition campaign to address the NFL about the Washington football team. Hopefully a similar campaign will address the Cleveland team.

It is time to change. Past time.

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Proud to Be – National Congress of American Indians

It is time to change the names and mascots of a number of teams. It is past time.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities, produced this video.

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