Friday, December 3, 2010
Roman Turek Profile In Courage Award
Leslie Nielsen and Ron Santo? Noooo!
Leslie Nielsen was a big influence on me, and the nation, really. His style of the absurd straight man was not new, but he did it better than most. I celebrate the clowns, the court jesters of this world. If you don't laugh, you cry, and this world certainly provides an engaged observer plenty of opportunities to shed tears. The clown, the comedian, lifes escape artist, to me, is therefore a noble profession. Leslie was one of the best.
Ron Santo, one of the best Cubs players I never saw play. You think it's bad being a Flames fan? I have chosen, eyes wide open, to jump in bed with the Lovable Losers from the Second City! Yeah, fruitless and frustrating summers followed by disappointing winters (and I'm not just talking about me trying to pick up girls!).
One of the things that makes baseball great is that, in theory at least, you should be able to look at a guys stats and be able to compare them throughout the history of the game to players of different eras. Inside these numbers, a players worth is supposedly gleaned. Who knows, right? I think a players worth happens to be measured on how he impacts his community. I'm not getting soft. Championships do the most blessings to a community, so winning is the most important thing. But Ron Santo, being a Cub, never was able to bring a championship to his city. He played in Chicago his whole career, every year but the last as a Cub. But instead of being bitter that this All-Star wasn't able to get the team over the hump (though I am sure there is some of that in some of the older fans) everything I have ever read about the man or heard about him suggest that he is a beloved figure in his city. Which in turn leads me to believe he was a good person, and treated the people in his community with respect. That is the true measure of a man, really.
So this week, the RTPIC is going to go to these two gentlemen. I know I have been slipping with the RTPIC's, much to the chagrin of the DB crew and the audience. I will get back to the old school versions eventually.
RIP Leslie Nielsen (Police Squad!):
RIP Ron Santo (Oh no! He dropped the ball!):
And let's tie it all together, now:
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.