April 25, 1976: Saving the Flag

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I am not much of a baseball fan, but I have always remembered Cubs centerfielder Rick Monday saving the flag from two loons who sought to burn it on the field during a game on April 25, 1976 between the Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Field.   When Monday came to bat the next time in the game he received a standing ovation from the crowd.   The Dodgers went on to win the game 5-4 in ten innings, but Rick Monday, nonetheless, went home a winner.

Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored , and unsung.

  Sir Walter Scott

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4 Comments

  1. “If that’s all your known for its not a bad thing.”
    -Rick Monday.

    I’m a softy. This was a pleasurable tear that visited my cheek this morning. GREAT job Don. Thanks for the lift.

    While we were praying in front of PP Saturday a very small group of “Students for Planned Parenthood,” came out with their pink signs and went to the ends of our line of protesters.
    Bookends if you will. I was moved to reach beyond them, and I did, then the Holy Spirit spoke through me to them. We talked about the Holocaust. The WWII holocaust and our on going holocaust, and the similarities. Never did the pitch of our voices raise into fury, but they did not light the flag Saturday either. They did not have a win. They couldn’t even pick up their heads as we spoke about the killings of children going on and how they themselves had survived the Holocaust of abortion.

    This morning clip reminded me that, if all I’m known for is trying my best to save a child from death…than that’s not a bad thing to be known for. God bless Rick Monday.

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