Man I haven’t been that nervous watching a sporting event since Sergio Martinez hit a forty foot put that would have dropped if Tiger Woods’ chicken leg didn’t stop the ball from going into the hole. Sergio isn’t racist! He has plenty of COLORED FRIENDS. (His quote not mine)
What? Too-soon? Please… Have a sense of humor.
The Chicago Blackhawks won last night. That was the great part. It took two plus overtimes, that was the high blood pressure part. Hockey puts you on the edge man. There are two things you need to know about my Blackhawk loyalty.
1. I have probably watched 8 hockey games my whole life.
2. 6 of them have been over the last 4 weeks.
I have even attended a Chicago Blackhawks game about 11 years ago. It was ok! Not as fun as they are now. In the past there were two things that prevented me from enjoying a hockey game.
1. Scoring. Usually the games were 1-0. That was boring. That was also the reason I didn’t watch Soccer.
2. Black People. In the past there was not enough brothers for me to watch. I am not racist! Some of my best friends are white! My wife is half white. My chocolate bar is white. My salt is white. My teeth are… Well that’s another story.
Today something has changed to me in Hockey that is making it more enjoyable for the African American Male. The players look faster, in better shape, cleaner hits, and quicker scoring opportunities.
Hockey also is in the process of statistically luring more African American players than Major League baseball.
WHAT THE HECK?
Right now there are around 28 African American players in the NHL and there are 61 African Americans in Major League baseball. WOW!
What happened baseball?
Baseball, you used to be the reason African American kids went outside to paint a square on an old building. You were the first clothing of Hip Hop as we rocked Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays jerseys to rap concerts. You were the reason we learned our history about the Negro Leagues. You gave us the first opportunity to integrate sports.
BASEBALL YOU HAD US AT HELLO!
And for me you allowed overweight players to be stars like Tony Gwynn, Cecil Fielder, Kevin Mitchell, Ray King and Mo Vaughn. You gave an out of shape brother like myself the opportunity to play in high school baseball and even get scholarship letters from a school like Laurus College interested in my second baseman skills. Furthermore there was nothing like doing well in the field on defense then eating a sandwich in the dugout while waiting for my turn at bat.
Baseball you put me in a happy place.
Every brother in my hood could throw fast or hit far. We all wanted our own candy bar named after us!
Now Major League Baseball wants to say that Basketball, Football, and other sports have taken the African American away. They also say that Baseball costs too much to play. Let me ask you a question, “What other sport is more expensive to play then Hockey?
The reason that Major League Baseball is losing numbers each year is because you are failing to reach out to African Americans in ways that will encourage families to enlist their sons to play.
This isn’t Field of Dreams. They will not come if you build it unless you put things that keep African Americans occupied and entertained.
I remember when Baseball frowned at players who had their hair braided in the 80’s. Allen Iverson could not have played Major League Baseball.
That’s why the brothers left. PERIOD!
We saw more people who looked like us in the NBA and NFL. Those leagues were accepting the brothers.
And now I see more and more people who look like me playing Hockey. I never thought I would say that. I should have seen it coming because African Americans also used to rock the Hockey Jerseys back in the day. We all remember seeing Biggie with the Boston Hockey Jersey on.
You can get us back MLB! Call a brother. I can help you do it in 5 quick steps.
Peanuts and Crackerjack will no longer do it! Neither will 90-year-old announcers and a 7th inning stretch that has announcers referencing the shot heard around the world.
Sadly today that shot refers to guns.
Baseball needs to bring back, bring back, oh bring back my brothers to MLB EE…
Just my thoughts man!