Archive for May 4th, 2005

In December 1995, the roof of a burning home collapsed on him. He went without oxygen for several minutes before he was rescued, and he ended up blind with little, if any, memory. He was largely mute and showed little awareness of his surroundings.

But last Saturday, he suddenly asked for his wife, Linda. And over the next 14 hours, until he fell asleep early Sunday morning, he chatted with her, his four sons and other family and friends, catching up on what he’d missed.

"How long have I been away?" Herbert had asked.

"We told him almost 10 years," said his uncle, Simon Manka. "He thought it was only three months."

It may have something to do with the fact that his spouse made sure he got all the tests and therapy he could possibly get. His family probably resolved their problems without using him as leverage. No scumbag attorney whispered any nihilistic garbage in his wife’s ear about his "right to die." You know, all the things Terri Schiavo never benefited from.

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When a major league baseball player who bashes New Yorkers ends up on a New York minor league team, I have to conclude that God has a sense of humor. John Rocker, who has learned nothing from his PR debacle when he bashed 7 Train commuters (such as my wife for many years) was at it again, this time getting into a rhubarb with a fan who got to him.
As Rocker left the field, Dave Macken of Atlantic City, a Surf fan sitting near the visitors dugout, yelled, "It’s a long way from Atlanta."

Rocker replied, "I’m still a millionaire" and followed with profanity, Macken told The Press of Atlantic City. Macken said the two then exchanged profanities.

Rocker had become infamous in 2000, when, as a relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, he was quoted in Sports Illustrated with the following:
Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids.
I thought the quote was locker room bulletin board material, but MLB went nuts and ordered him to see a shrink. The remarks sent shock waves everywhere, with people who didn’t know a baseball from a turnip arguing over whether he was a bigot or just a maverick who wasn’t PC. I didn’t have a problem with a rural southerner expressing culture shock at New York City, but his hostility exposed his immaturity. I don’t know to what degree the controversy distracted him and prevented him from fulfilling his Major League potential, but as the proverb says, a lesson is repeated until learned. Enjoy Long Island, Mr. Rocker.

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