We’re living through a veritable golden age of Jewish baseball. A new museum exhibit takes a look at those who lay the foundations for Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler.
There were two Jewish players on the rosters for baseball’s All-Star Game last night. That makes about 2.5% of a total of 78 guys. So what, you ask? J.J. Goldberg explains.
It’s bad enough that a nice Jewish boy like New York Mets outfielder Shawn Green has to measure up against artificially pumped-up steroid-using sluggers. But the Shmooze’s biggest fear is that, with the playoffs under way this week, Green — who sits out games on Yom Kippur regularly — will succumb to the most unkosher of supplements: Turns out that the best hitter on the Mets, centerfielder Carlos Beltran, attributes his past postseason success to a steady diet of ham-and-cheese sandwiches.
On August 22, just five days before this year’s Jewish Heritage Day, the New York Mets acquired slugger Shawn Green, a bona fide Jew who even has been known to sit out games on Yom Kippur.