Articles matching tag: Sports Writers
- Column: Sports and Patriotism Do MixJuly 7, 2013
Americans celebrated Independence Day last week with a myriad of festivities including parades, barbeques, fireworks and sporting events intertwined with patriotism and salutes to heroes. But ESPN columnist Howard Bryant lamented the merger of sports and patriotism, railing against “military flyovers, the pre-game inclusion of the armed forces, and the addition of ‘God Bless America’ to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’" at our sporting events. Bryant claims that the confluence of sports and patriotism – which in his view equates with politics - is a recent phenomenon, one that began after 9/11. History suggests otherwise. Military flyovers date back to at least 1955 when beach races were held in Daytona. Every president since William Howard Taft in 1910 has thrown at least one ceremonial first pitch for Opening Day, an All Star Game or a World Series Game. As a sign of patriotism, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis volunteered to suspend MLB games during World War II, but President Franklin Roosevelt declined the offer, insisting that “…it would be best for the country to keep baseball going.”
- Column: Dan Shaughnessy Doesn't Get ItMay 19, 2013
Dan Shaughnessy’s credits as a baseball journalist should be the envy of any writer. For over 30 years Shaughnessy has covered the Red Sox for the Boston Globe and along the way he has authored nine books on baseball. But with one column he wrote on David Ortiz earlier this month, Shaughnessy suggests he knows little about baseball and even less about journalistic ethics. Last year, Ortiz, Boston’s 37-year-old designated hitter, suffered an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to miss the final two months of the season. Rest and rehab over the winter healed the tendon, but persistent pain in his heel prevented Ortiz from participating in spring training. He finally entered the lineup on April 20. In his first 14 games, Ortiz hit .426 with four home runs and 17 RBIs, prompting Shaughnessy to pen a column that began with the following paragraph: Hitting is not easy. Athletes do not get better as they mature into their late 30’s. Baseball has been peppered with performance-enhancing drugs for the last 20 years. The cheaters are always ahead of the testers. A number of players form the Dominican Republic have tested positive for steroids. Injuries to the Achilles’ tendon are consistent with steroid use. It is not natural for a guy to hit .426 out of the gate without the benefit of any spring training.