David Maraniss, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning When Pride Still Mattered, is coming to DC to talk about his new book on Roberto Clemente. He will be at Olsson’s next Wednesday to read from Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, and discuss the life and works of the last great baseball player. In these days, when we have Alfonso Soriano whining when he’s asked to play Left Field, in exchange for several million dollars, and Barry Bonds taking performance enhancers, abusing the press, eating babies and shooting fans, it’s nice to remember that once upon a time, some players cared about the town they played in, the world they lived in, and what it was like to see another human suffer.
This ought to be mandatory for all the ballplayers in town to go see.
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