Obama Referenced Big Papi During Cuba Game

I wasn’t the only one to think about what Big Papi said after the 2013 Boston bombing. “This is our f–king city!” became the city’s rally. Recently, President Obama referenced Big Papi and his inspiriting statement in an interview with ESPN during a Cuban baseball game. Obama’s statement came in the wake of the tragic terrorist attack in Brussels.

Part of President Obama’s recent diplomatic trip to Cuba included watching a baseballObama Referenced Big Papi game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team. Unfortunately, the terrorist attack in Brussels that took place earlier reminded many in baseball of the horrible Boston Marathon Bombing back in 2013 that killed 3 and injured 264. David Ortiz took the mic at Fenway Park before a game shortly after the bombing and said, “This is our f–king city!” Big Papi’s rally not only made the crowd cheer, but also became one of President Obama’s proudest moments.

“One of my proudest moments as president was watching Boston respond after the
marathon,” Obama told ESPN announcers during the game. “Probably the only time that America didn’t have a problem with somebody cursing on live TV was when he talked about Boston and how strong it was and that it wasn’t going to be intimidated.” President Obama added, “What they can do is scare and make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives and divide us. And as long as we don’t allow that to happen, we’re going to be OK.”

President Obama’s trip marks the first time a president has traveled to Cuba since 1928. The two countries continue to repair relations after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis almost led the two countries into war. In response to the crisis, the United States placed an embargo on Cuba. The effects of the embargo impacted Cuban players in America when then-President Fidel Castro announced that any player who left Cuba to play in the United States would be permanently banned from reentry. Fortunately, the U.S. and Cuba have eased those restrictions.

Since the Boston Marathon Bombing, Big Papi’s words have become a rallying cry for many, especially those in the Red Sox Nation. As the United States and its allies continue to fight terrorism, Big Papi’s words should serve as a reminder to us all that we will never be intimidated by terrorism.

Random Thoughts From MLB’S First 48 Hours

MLB's first 48 hours Big Papi and Obama

Here are my random thoughts from MLB’s first 48 hours of the 2014 season:

Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington broke new ground Tuesday when he appeared at the White House with the team to be honored by the President. Former GM Theo Epstein opted to skip both of his teams’ appearances.

Although Jenny Dell is no longer on the Red Sox beat, she too was at The White House today, with boyfriend Will Middlebrooks. One has to wonder if the South Lawn was littered with discarded sunflower seeds when the 2013 World Champions left the grounds.

Big Papi stole the show at The White House when he took a selfie with President Obama. Apparently, this is the first selfie the President has been in since December, when he and Danish prime minister Helle-Thorning Schmidt decided it would be a good idea to take one at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Our nation’s skipper mispronounced Mike Napoli’s last name (Nuh-POE-lee), but he has almost a year to get it right with Pierzynski when the 2013 World Series Champions return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the 2014 champs.

Los Angeles Angels hitting coach, Don Baylor, broke his leg while catching the ceremonial first pitch from recently retired Vladimir Guerrero on Monday night. For those of us who remember Baylor when he was the Red Sox DH in the late 80s, he’d have been much better off just letting Guerrero’s pitch him.

If you have $20,000,000 to $30,000,000 you can spare and you appreciate art, get to New York City next month when Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Rookie” is auctioned off. The painting shows pitcher Frank Sullivan, right fielder Jackie Jensen, catcher Sammy White, second baseman Billy Goodman, and the greatest hitter who ever lived, Ted Williams. One can only wonder what a painting involving Kevin Millar doing shots and Johnny Damon doing naked pull-ups in the clubhouse would have fetched.