Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

Jackie Robinson day and racism in sports

April 19, 2010

Jackie Robinson is a name everyone has heard of  unless you are completely tone deaf to anything sports talk.

On April 15, MLB players, coaches, fans etc. honor the ‘first’ African-American baseball player by wearing his number 42 as a tribute.

Commissioner Allen (Bud) Selig and MLB have celebrated Robinson’s legacy as the first African-American to break the color barrier by retiring his number throughout the League in 1997 and, since 2004, dedicating April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day in his memory.

Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

However, Robinson is actually not the first African-American to play baseball in America.



Professional athletes behaving badly off the field

March 9, 2010

What would it take for you to forgive someone who has hurt you in some way?

Whether it be a friend, co-worker, family member or hero; what could they do for you to give them a second chance at redemption?

Many fans hero’s are their favorite football, basketball, baseball, etc. players. The professional athletes who they idolize every week all year, on-and off-season. But lately, many of those high-profile athletes have not been living up to ‘hero’ status and instead have shamed and let down many kids and life-long fans by their antics off the playing field.

Most recently is the Ben Roethlisberger, well-known QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, assault story. According to sources so far, Big Ben attacked a 20-year old college student at a night club in Georgia in the bathroom. The girl then went to

Big Ben, the 2-time SuperBowl champion needs to control his 'champion drinking and lady skills.'

police outside and told them what happened. However, Roethlisberger was allowed to leave the state but with a pending investigation.

Earlier today, the case picked up when police asked for DNA samples from Big Ben. Results will be announced at a later date.

The question, though, is why put yourself in this position? This happened to him already out in Las Vegas in 2008. And now he is seen at a college night club and has accusations against him once again. You might be a smart QB, Ben, but your off the field performance has left many fans upset, angry and losing faith in you as a leader. Keep reading about other pro athletes