Skip to comments.President Trump celebrates MLB's Roberto Clemente Day
Posted on 09/09/2020 3:09:42 PM PDT by cll
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 1h
Today we join millions of baseball fans and Puerto Ricans in celebrating Roberto Clementes life and his immense contributions to baseball and equality. He was one of my all-time favorite players Roberto had everything! #ClementeDay #Retire21
Roberto Clemente wasn't only one of the best baseball players ever, but he also sacrificed his life helping others. And he was a Marine as well.
Roberto Clemente was a great player and a great man who is truly worthy of admiration.
I was at a Cubs pirates game at Wrigley in the early 70’s.
Clemente hit a line drive home run, he never moved and just watched it rocket out of the park.
That ball was still rising as it went past the center field score board. He absolutely crushed it. Must have hit it close to 600 feet.
I had knee surgery in ‘71 and was confined to watching the World Series from bed that year. What a treat! Clemente, Stargell, Brooks Robinson and talented pitchers on both sides. Best Series I ever watched and of course Roberto was the cream of the crop.
Roberto Clemente is my all-time favorite sports hero. Followed distantly by Pat Sullivan.
After his Dodgers time, Branch Rickey was brought in to rebuild a dilapidated Pirates team. The Dodgers had drafted some unknown guy named Clemente as a “bonus baby” and tried to hide him in the minors. Rickey and his scouts found him anyway and drafted him to be part of the core that once again made the Pirates contenders. Sort of Rickey’s revenge for the way the Dodgers treated him.
A few Roberto Clemente fans around FR.
And he had a gun attached to his right shoulder.
One of the greats, for sure.
I wear a t-shirt with #21. I live in Pittsburgh.
Hell of a ballplayer. Tragic end.
When I was 9 (1960) my Dad got me into the World Series parade in downtown Pittsburgh (his friend owned the Forest Hills auto dealership that contributed cars for it) ... I rode in a convertible with baseman Don Hoak ... at the start lined up right next to us in another convertible was my hero Roberto. Never forget it. Truly outstanding player and man.
Add me to the list. I grew up in the Burgh area and am still a Pirate fan. "The Great One" truly was - I can still picture him dragging up to the plate, twitching like he had a stiff neck and something was about to fall off, setting up as far back in the box as the ump would let him, and roping a low outside pitch into the right center gap. Easily my favorite all-time player.
Actually CANNON would be more accurate. I remember watching him during pregame at Wrigley field in the mid-60s . . . standing flat footed in right field and throwing a rope to third base.
The Pirates have retired #21. I don’t think it should be MLB-wide.
I also opposed retiring #42 MLB-wide and #99 NHL-wide.
If #66 is retired NHL-wide it shouldn’t be.
On July 25, 1956, Roberto Clemente hit an inside the ball park, grand slam, walk off homerun. Lets see someone top that!
More than for even is baseball exploits, here in Pittsburgh Clemente is remembered for the way he died. Committing a totally selfless act. He did not have to be on that plane.
I agree. Retiring numbers leaguewide is a STOOOOOOPID idea. Jackie Robinson would not have approved.
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