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SouthSide_HitMen
04-22-2006, 09:20 PM
Monday saved the flag 30 years ago

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-mondayanniversary&prov=ap&type=lgns

Monday was playing center field for the Chicago Cubs (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/chc/) on April 25, 1976, at Dodger Stadium when he noticed two protesters kneeling on the grass in left-center, intending to burn the American flag. He immediately bolted toward them and snatched it away....

The Dodgers will acknowledge the event before the finale of a nine-game homestand on Sunday, two days before the actual anniversary of it. A video tribute will be shown before the game and Monday will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. On Tuesday, the Houston Astros (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/hou/) will honor him as well when the Dodgers play the middle game of a three-game series. :thumbsup:

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave

http://www.insidebaseball.net/images/Mondaysavesflag.gif

Layla
04-22-2006, 09:34 PM
I can't believe it's been that long.

I remember in one of Jay Johnstone's books Monday talked about it. He said something like this was the time of bicentennial everything. And he wasn't thinking of anything but getting the flag away.

After he did, the entire stadium started singing The National Anthem. Monday said it was the purest patriotic gesture ever.

viagracat
04-22-2006, 11:03 PM
Not to take anything away from Monday, but I've always wondered where stadium security was during that incident. It should never have been up to him to stop that from happening, and I can't imagine anything like that happening today.

voodoochile
04-22-2006, 11:05 PM
I got to see this live on TV. It was pretty ****ing amazing to be honest with you. Monday finished up after taking the flag by running through the outfield with it streaming behind him. It was definitely a feel good moment.

Of course back then I was still lost in the blue crack haze. Now I'd probably wonder if it were a publicity stunt.

voodoochile
04-22-2006, 11:07 PM
Not to take anything away from Monday, but I've always wondered where stadium security was during that incident. It should never have been up to him to stop that from happening, and I can't imagine anything like that happening today.

Stadium security? It was 1976 there was no such thing, or at least not in the numbers you see it today. Yeah they had security in the stands to prevent people from getting into fights, but not on the field. Remember when Aaron hit 715? Two guys ran the freaking basepaths with him and he had been receiving death threats for over a year.

TornLabrum
04-22-2006, 11:14 PM
I got to see this live on TV. It was pretty ****ing amazing to be honest with you. Monday finished up after taking the flag by running through the outfield with it streaming behind him. It was definitely a feel good moment.

Of course back then I was still lost in the blue crack haze. Now I'd probably wonder if it were a publicity stunt.

That's only because you've seen Sammy Sosa running to the outfield waving a flag.

viagracat
04-22-2006, 11:15 PM
Stadium security? It was 1976 there was no such thing, or at least not in the numbers you see it today. Yeah they had security in the stands to prevent people from getting into fights, but not on the field. Remember when Aaron hit 715? Two guys ran the freaking basepaths with him and he had been receiving death threats for over a year.

Yeah, you're right about that. I remember Aaron. But it took some time for these goofs trying to burn the flag to set it all up, and it just seems unreal no one could stop them before Monday did. I thought that back when this happened. No, this couldn't happen today, and I'm glad for that.

voodoochile
04-22-2006, 11:19 PM
That's only because you've seen Sammy Sosa running to the outfield waving a flag.

Circling the bases too. Wen to the subway doubleheader in 2001. Flubbies played at night. It was the first home game after 9/11. Flubbies got shellacked. 7th inning or something ShamME* hits a meaningless solo shot and proceeded to run the bases. As he rounded first he reached into the back pocket of his uniform pants and pulled out two mini-flags and proceeded to circle the bases waving him. Stadium went nuts. I just laughed. My buddy the flubbie fan rolled his eyes and tried to figure out why everyone was cheering.

Oh the flags were at every seat that night.

Layla
04-23-2006, 09:12 AM
Another story I remember Monday telling about this:

The same year, Jose Cardenal saw a flag and was ready to grab it. For those who remember, Cardenal was as big a hot dog as Sosa.

Anyway, Cardenal was getting all excited to get his moment in the limelight,
asking "what are they going to do with that flag?"

Monday stopped him and told him it was a Confederate Flag.

SouthSide_HitMen
04-25-2006, 01:07 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060424&content_id=1415977&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

cbotnyse
04-25-2006, 06:04 PM
I heard today on PTI that he was offered $1,000,000 dollars for the flag, but turned it down.

Brian26
04-25-2006, 09:31 PM
Stadium security? It was 1976 there was no such thing, or at least not in the numbers you see it today.

I'll give you another example of the times....Before they won the 1977 World Series, Reggie Jackson had to come into the Yankees dugout from the outfield to grab a helmet to wear in the outfield because fans were throwing batteries at his head. These were Yankees fans, Reggie was a Yankee, and the Yankees were about to win the World Series. They were getting ready to celebrate by trying to kill Reggie.

Brian26
04-25-2006, 09:33 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060424&content_id=1415977&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Thanks for posting this, as it was a great read. I got a chuckle out of Lasorda trying to sound like a hardass.