New Year’s Eve and the humanitarian impulse

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Forty years ago, Roberto Clemente lost his life on New Year’s Eve, trying to deliver supplies that had been donated to the people of Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. His own spirit of generosity and determination to help people who weren’t even his countrymen is a heroic thing. I salute him for this, and wish there was a similar spirit among the ballplayers of today. They have a lot more money than Clemente did, and perhaps they donate some of it to charity, but the idea that a star player would get personally involved with relief efforts–as Clemente did–seems to be lost anymore. And if I’m wrong about that, I’ll certainly take it back. But I’ll need some proof first.

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