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Postby stomperrob » Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:08 pm

For those of you who are fed up with the steroid scandal (and bloated records) and spoiled athletes always demanding astronomical salaries and greedy owners and all the other negatives that seem to go with pro sports, check out this week's Sports Illustrated (April 10 edition). Great story on one of the most selfless individuals in the history of sports, Roberto Clemente.
Some of today's athletes, and probably a lot of us, could take a few lessons from this hero's example who died in a plane crash flying emergency relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua (something I didn't know was that he had a lot of sleepless nights because he always had nightmares about dying in a plane crash). He had chartered planes to fly relief supplies to the victims but when he learned that armed soldiers of dictator General Somoza were stealing most of the supplies for themselves, Clemente decided to accompany the supplies to face the soldiers in person to make sure the supplies got to the people in need (he felt because of his celebrity status the soldiers would listen to him). The plane crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff and there were no survivors.
Clemente lived his life by one simple credo: "If you have chance to make life better for others and fail to do so, you are wasting your time on earth".
Now that's my definition of a hero!
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Postby baseball6791 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:15 am

;-D ;-D ;-D
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Postby bceagles04 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:06 am

ya, i dont know too much about Clemente other than the fact that he dedicated his life to helping others. Too bad most players cant follow the example
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Postby Madison » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:15 pm

I might have to pick up this issue. Thanks for the heads up! ;-D
Yes doctor, I am sick.
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Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
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Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....
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Postby avsfan4ever33 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:16 pm

Haven't had the chance to read my issue of it yet but I defienetly will! ;-D
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Postby chadlincoln » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:24 pm

Good story. Great guys.

Don't forget about guys like Latrell Spreewell who are trying to feed people too (his family). ;-7
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Postby Rirruto » Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:01 am

For some reason, when I saw the title of this thread, I saw Fresh Prince of Bel Air lol
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Postby AcidRock23 » Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:20 am

That was a very engaging story. The only thing that bothered me a bit is that the parts about his baseball talked about his amazing performance but left out what I've read about his flawed plate discipline which, if anything, would serve to further humanize him and form an important part of his personality.

The whole thing was a truly senseless tragedy too, I had never known about the totally shady circumstances surrounding the crash. :,-(
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:45 am

That was a great article. Nice post stomp. ;-D
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Postby stomperrob » Sat Apr 15, 2006 6:40 pm

AcidRock23 wrote:The whole thing was a truly senseless tragedy too, I had never known about the totally shady circumstances surrounding the crash. :,-(


Same here - I had always thought it was just a freak accident, never realized what a lowlife the owner of the plane was and what a piece of crap the plane was.
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