When Red Sock Rocco Baldelli hit a home run with two outs in the ninth and his team down, 9-1, the roar coming over the radio from Fenway South was enough to drown out Dave Jageler’s call and make you think somebody on the home team just hit a walkoff HR.
The Sox fans not only stayed, they cheered til the end. Sure, they’re hatable. But, man, they’re good fans.
The Wizards drafted University of Central Florida’s Jermaine Taylor with their second round pick last night. His dad is Kenny Green, the guy the Bullets drafted in 1985 instead of Karl Malone. The Bullets, then GM’d by Bob Ferry, also passed on John Stockton (for Mel Turpin).
Throughout the ’90s, folks traced the franchise’s woes to the Green-over-Malone pick. I called Green up years ago to ask if it bothered him.
It still did.
He asked me to pass on a message to Bullets/Wizards fans.
“Don’t blame Kenny Green!” Green said.
Malone was available again last night when Green’s kid was drafted. ‘Course, he’s 45 now and long retired. Abe Pollin had to be tempted. Ernie Grunfeld, the new Bob Ferry, passed. Wanna know what would be great? If Utah countered the Wiz by drafting Demetrius Bell. He’s Malone’s son. He’s on the Buffalo Bills now.
For this week’s Cheap Seats I wrote a column about about a party planned by former Redskins reciever Gary Clark that somehow got way out of bounds before it ever took place.
So out of bounds that it won’t ever take place.
The party was allegedly going to be a fundraiser for a group called Athletes Committed to Educational Success, or ACES. That’s a charity that Clark has said he started to provide youth mentoring services and the like. But as far as the governments in Virginia and D.C., where he has advertised previous fundraisers for the same group, are concerned, ACES does not exist.
Redskins from the Gibbs era are known for throwing events for charities they start. Clark’s teammates, Art Monk and Charles Mann, have been holding celebrity golf tournaments and assorted shindigs since 1999, when they first promised folks in Anacostia that they’d build them a job training and education center through their charity, called the Good Samaritan Foundation.
Based on Monk and Mann’s pledges, the players were given control of the historic Carver Theater, on Martin Luther King Avenue SE, in the heart of the business district of what has long been one of the most depressed neighborhoods in the city.
And through their fundraising efforts and lobbying of city officials and federal lawmakers, Monk and Mann’s group has now accrued millions of dollars in private and public donations.
Yet the job training center in Anacostia never opened.
I’ve been writing about its non-opening for years, and every time I do another story somebody from the group, either a member of the board of directors or the project manager for the theater renovation or even Mann himself, has told me that it’s only a matter of days or weeks before the renovation will be complete and the training center will be open.
But that never happened.
At the end of 2008 I started hearing commercials during Redskins radio broadcasts for Wal-Mart promising money to a new charity for Monk and Mann called the Youth Power Center.
I drove past the Carver Theater the other day. The building was boarded up.