Monday, April 16, 2007

Jackie Robinson Day

Yesterday, baseball stadiums across the country paid tribute to the great Jackie Robinson. Over 200 players and managers (including five entire teams) wore the #42 in tribute to him. A special commemorative logo was made to celebrate the event. It wasn't just baseball that paid homage to Robinson. In the NASCAR race yesterday, Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya (who drives car #42) wore a commerative logo on the side of his race car. Even NBA players, such as the Chicago Bulls' Ben Gordon - who wrote Robinson's name on his sneakers, paid tribute.

The most moving ceremony yesterday just had to be the one held at Dodger Stadium. The L.A. Dodgers were amongst the five teams who all dressed in #42 to pay tribute to Robinson. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, legnedary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully and Robinson's widow Rachel all gave very emotional speechs paying homage to Robinson. Inspired, the Dodgers stole five bases in the game - their most as a team in over seven years, as they won 7-2. The fans in attendance also got their own keepsake courtesy of pitcher Brett Tomko. Tomko drew a black and white rendition of Robinson stealing a base, perfectly capturing what he was best known for. Every fan in attendance received a copy of Tomko's rendering.


As for other sporting events, Jeff Burton made an exciting last lap pass of Matt Kenseth to win the NASCAR Samsung 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The aforementioned Juan Pablo Montoya finished in 8th. Behind Kobe Bryant's 50 points, the L.A. Lakers clinched a playoff spot with a 109-98 win over the Seattle Supersonics... Marco Scutaro hit a dramatic walk-off three run homer off of Yankees ace closer Mario Rivera as the Oakland A's stunned the Bronx Bombers 5-4. Albert Pujols broke out of a season-long slump with two homers and five RBI's and Chris Duncan went four for five with a homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2.


I found an interesting article called "What People Earn" while perusing the Parade section of L.A. Times this past weekend... some salaries which I thought were noteworthy:

Chad Hurley (YouTube founder): $341,000,000
Kenny Chesney: $75,900,000
James Patterson (Author): $28,000,000
Keifer Sutherland: $23,000,000
Tyra Banks: $18,000,000
Katie Couric: $15,000,000
Ryan Seacrest: $12,000,000
Tony Dungy: $5,000,000
Nancy Pelosi: $212,100
John McCain: $165,200
Karl Rove: $165,200
Arnold Schwarzenegger: $0 (Don't worry about his salary - the Govinator is doing just fine).


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