Valor: It’s awards season. We’ve already discussed Cutch getting the Roberto Clemente, but another honor was given out recently as well. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy received the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, given yearly to players who, embodies, according to the Act of Valor Award press release, “the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed”. An award is also given to a Navy Chief Petty Officer, which was the rank that Bob Feller achieved during his military service.
Luc is incredibly active with veterans’ causes, including hosting several vets at Brewers games every month as well as sponsoring Honor Flights for World War II and Korean veterans. If you’re not familiar with the Honor Flight program, it flies veterans free of charge to Washington, DC so that they can tour the memorials that are built in their honor. It also gives them a chance to bond with their fellow soldiers and sailors. I visited DC several years ago and was at the Korean War Memorial (quite possibly the most hauntingly beautiful memorial I’ve ever seen. I was there in memory of my late grandfather, who served in the conflict as a young man.) when a group of Honor Flight soldiers came by. It was an emotional experience that I will never forget.
Here’s hoping that next year, Luc gets back to his usual stellar self and continues to be a strong leader for Milwaukee on and off the field. And speaking of strength…
Courage: CC Sabathia is out of rehab. He’s giving an exclusive interview to ABC’s Robin Roberts. In the interview, he says that he woke up in Baltimore and realized he had to take control of his life. He also makes a very valid point:
I understand where, you know, fans would be upset and people would not understand. If it was my knee or if it was anything else, then people wouldn’t have a problem with it. You know, it being alcoholism, it was tough for people to swallow, but it’s the same thing.
I think it takes an extraordinary amount of courage to admit that you have a problem, that you’ve lost control, that your life is spiraling out of control. At the end of the day, baseball is a game. Yes, I know that many people (such as myself) put an incredible amount of value into it in our daily lives, but it is just a game played by human beings who have weaknesses and frailties. That Sabathia decided to seek treatment in order to become a healthy person again, which directly impacts not only his personal life and the lives of his family, but also the Yankees as well – how anyone can be upset that he took the necessary steps to get back to being a whole person is beyond me. A healthy, sober CC Sabathia is an investment that I’m sure the Yankees would take every time over one start in the playoffs and potentially ruining the rest of his life and career.
[Tip of the cap to Gadfly for the interview link.]