Some of you baseball fans may remember on April 25, 1976 at a baseball game at Dodger Stadium, two people tried to burn the American flag in the middle of the playing field. Playing centerfield for the Chicago Cubs, Rick Monday quickly stepped in and grabbed the flag away from the punks before they could set it on fire.
He handed the flag to Los Angeles pitcher Doug Rau, and the ballpark police officers arrested the two intruders. When he came to bat in the next half-inning, he got a standing ovation from the crowd and the big message board behind the left-field bleachers in the stadium flashed the message, “RICK MONDAY… YOU MADE A GREAT PLAY”
Monday, who also served with the Marine Corps Reserve, later said, “If you’re going to burn the flag, don’t do it around me. I’ve been to too many veterans’ hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it.”
Kudos to you, Rick Monday for your patriotic actions and ditto to Tommy Lasorda who was about to do the same thing.
“If that’s all you’re known for, it’s not a bad thing at all.”