Skip to comments.Flag-saving moment still winning salutes [baseball]
Posted on 05/24/2012 12:15:49 PM PDT by Daffynition
LOS ANGELES -- Rick Monday never tires of answering questions about that memorable day 30 years ago, when he performed his own Patriot Act and unwittingly became an icon to millions of American war heroes and their loved ones.
Monday was playing center field for the Chicago Cubs on April 25, 1976, at Dodger Stadium when he noticed two protesters kneeling on the grass in left-center, intending to burn the American flag. He immediately bolted toward them and snatched it away.
"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.
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In honor of this Holiday, when we pause and reflect on the men and women who sacrificed to make this country great, I thought some sports/baseball fans might enjoy this back story, and how the American is still under attack....may we renew ourselves, each and every one to step forward, and snuff out the forces of evil, that would lay waste to our Heritage and way of life. God Bless America and those who fight for her.
God bless Rick Monday
But all these events to honor Rick Monday for saving the flag... don’t they display cultural insensitivity to leftists, jihadists and others who hate America?
Sad to say, FReepers understand exactly what you are saying, however the others actually believe it is insensitive to honor Rick Monday.
We can appreciate what he did without equating it to, say, those who died on Iwo Jima. I’m sure Rick would agree.
I’m sure he would.
I can honestly say that I never heard of this incident, but it makes me appreciate Rick Monday. Was his action equivalent to those who fought on Okinawa or landed on D-Day? No, but it was the thing to do - which too often goes UN-done in America!
Of course, in this day and age, the protesters would sue him for the theft of their property - and some black-robed fool would award them millions! Sad days in America, we are in sad days!
I’m sure there are upwards of 45% of our nation would sneer at and belittle what Rick did.
95% of the media would.
My husband helped put flags in the cemetery last weekend with the Sons of the American Legion and there is a flag flying at our house every day.
Like you, I don’t much care what “they” say - just pointing out they actually believe it.
You’re not going to get an argument from me.
Thank God it’s (Rick) Monday...
>>His attorney in the public-defender’s office said that Thomas was American Indian (from youtube description)
“I’m an Indian too”
Thanks for your observation TXMarine....and your service.
When the time comes, I pray, we each have the courage and conviction of a Rick Monday to step up and *do the right thing.*
As the tag says...*Our forefathers would be shooting by now.*
Damn monitor! Seems like every time I watch that video the picture gets all blurry.
According to an old USA Today story, the two attempted arsonists were father and son (36 and 11 at the time). The father could not be traced for the story. I doubt he ended up too happy in life. Thanks for posting this; I was listening to Vin Skully on the radio broadcast when this happened.
Best center field grab I’ve ever seen.
Juxtapose the instinctive heroics of Rick Monday against “All this for a d**n flag?”
That was a great take for Rick Monday. But I got a smile and a chuckle at the witless look on the flagburners’ faces, kind of a what-the-???? moment.
This thread is to celebrate a simple act by a man who did the right thing. That a pissing match developed, for whatever reason, is unworthy of his actions. I strongly suggest all parties involved drop it entirely.
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