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I post this not because I like David Ortiz (I am, after all, a Yankees fan) but for a number of reasons both positive and negative. On the positive side, and setting aside my Yankee fandom, he is an icon for the Red Sox. He is a beloved character in Boston and was a member of three world championships ... after 86 years without a championship in Fenway Park. And there have only been four players to play on three world championships and hit 500 HRs, with Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and Reggie Jackson preceding him. On the negative side, he has an association with PEDs. Of course, there is no
Another baseball icon departed us -- RIP Minnie Minoso. We're not entirely clear about his age....he is considered the only ballplayer to have played in five different decades. He was Mr. White Sox like Ernie Banks, who died six weeks ago, was Mr. Cub. Please Lord, let's not allow this streak to continue....Yogi Berra is on the clock.