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By / 04.25.08

Sports By Brooks recognized an interesting anniversary today. Thirty years ago, a journeyman outfielder for the Dodgers Cubs named Rick Monday (no relation, we assume) approached a couple of fans who had wandered onto the field to burn an American flag. Monday grabbed the flag and ran off with it.

From the now-Tunison-less Washington Post:

"I was angry when I saw them start to do something to the flag, and I'm glad that I happened to be geographically close enough to do something about it," said Monday, now in his 13th season as a Dodgers broadcaster. "What those people were doing, and their concept of what they were trying to do was wrong. That feeling was very strongly reinforced by six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. I still think it's wrong to do that."

Ah, I remember those days. Now, all the outfielders are baseball teams are Japanese. Just like our TVs. It's not too big a deal, really, as long as the rest of the world still likes us.  — Monday Morning Punter


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