Ramblings from Reggie: Baseball, politics and downtown

I’ve had enough of the glorification of Jackie Robinson. Yes, he was a good man and a good baseball player. But there were hundreds of great African-American players before him and after him. Finally, 60 years ago, Major League baseball got their heads out of their rear ends and brought up an African-American to the big leagues. Terrific, 50 years too late. But why are we glorifying just Robinson? I was appalled that Bud Selig made every Major League baseball team retire No. 42 a few years ago. Jackie didn’t play for the Yankees.

Speaking of Major League baseball, my Yankees stink, and four out of five starting pitchers are on the disabled list.

In Wrigleyville, Sweet Lou blew up last Friday after Carlos Zambrano gave up a 5-run lead in the sixth inning.

Baseball is settling in nicely. Speaking of Selig, I often wonder where his head is. I was at the All-Star tie (embarrassment) in his home park. Only he could have pulled off that kind of mistake. Selig and MLB have made Barry Bonds the poster boy of steroids. Why? MLB celebrated the Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa chase for the all-time season home run record because they needed to revive baseball again. MLB completely ignored the steroid issue for at least 10 years, but now they are vilifying Bonds. Leave Barry alone; he has still not tested positive because, until recently, he wasn’t being tested. Let him get his record and fade off. When, and only when, you have the goods on him…leave him alone.

Now that another election is over, my first question is, did you vote? How can anyone who watched the first half-hour of Saving Private Ryan not vote? Look what those brave soldiers did for our right to vote. Second question is, how many governments won Tuesday? Remember, every government win is a citizen loss.

The IceHogs are looking good, and the Raptors tore up Evansville, abused them, really. I urge everyone to get downtown and see both these teams. It’s a lot of fun, and you will want to say you were there when they both won championships. Julie and I look forward to many more games with both teams.

I spoke with the leader of Citizens for Rebuilding Rockford. He seems like a smart, articulate and passionate young man. He promised me on WNTA that his group will fight for citizens well after the election. Let’s see what their next move is.

Jenny from the “Pub” is on a well-deserved vacation on the East Coast. She is a hard worker, as is the entire staff at Swilligan’s. Stop down and find out for yourself.

Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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