There are no simple answers in the Colin Kaepernick debate. Wrapped inside of Kaepernick’s protest — a refusal to stand for the National Anthem because he believes this country oppresses blacks and other minorities — is decades of sports context that has pushed its way to the surface. You shouldn’t think about Kaepernick without thinking about Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists on the Olympic podium or about Muhammad Ali’s defiant stance against war or Jackie Robinson’s segregation-challenging journey to the big leagues.
There aren’t many major league ownership reigns which ended more ignominiously than Frank McCourt’s reign as Dodgers owner. He was granted access to one of business’ most exclusive clubs — one which being a convicted criminal or even a Nazi sympathizer cannot get you kicked out of — and somehow got kicked out. The clear lesson from his saga was that saddling your team with debt, using it as your own private piggy bank and exercising bad judgment at every possible turn will not get you drummed out of baseball but, by gum, having it all go public in a divorce case sure as heck will. McCourt landed pretty safely, though. By sheer luck, his being kicked out of ownership coincided with the vast appreciation
Gary Sanchez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Sanchez becomes the first rookie ever to win back-to-back Player of the Week honors. During the last week, Sanchez hit .522 with five HRs, nine RBIs, and seven runs scored while helping the Yankees win four straight games and move just 3.5 games behind the second Wild Card spot.