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Green hopes to be New York's Jewish sports hero
2006-08-23 21:46
by Bob Timmermann

Newly acquired New York Mets outfielder Shawn Green says he is excited to be playing in front of New York's large Jewish population.

"I'm excited about it. It's something that has always intrigued me," Green said Wednesday during a conference call. "Playing in L.A., there's obviously a large population there, but New York is head and shoulders the largest in the country."

New York's Jewish population was about 1.75 million in the 2000 census, followed by Miami at roughly 535,000 and Los Angeles at approximately 490,000. The figures are for metropolitan areas.

See, I said he was excited.

2006-08-23 22:00:24
1.   Travis
Who was the last Jewish baseball player in New York? Elliot Maddox, 1980? Or is there someone more recent?

Many Mets fans were disappointed to learn that Mike Jacobs, who debuted on "Jewish Heritage Day" last year, wasn't actually Jewish. (The Marlins front office made a much worse mistake this year, actually handing out Jacobs T-shirts on their "Jewish
Heritage Day.")

2006-08-23 22:03:26
2.   Eric Enders
Here's hoping he plays as well for the New York N.L. team as Moses Solomon did.
2006-08-23 22:09:13
3.   King of the Hobos
1 If there's someone more recent, then he'd be listed here:
2006-08-23 22:30:31
4.   thelarmis
Dave Roberts finished his career in 1981, pitching in 7 games (4 starts) for the New York Mets, 1 year after Elliot Maddux.

He's only 1/2 Jewish though and it's the wrong half! Guess it still counts though...

Boston has had 4 Jews on their roster this season alone - Kevin Youkilis, Gabe Kapler, Craig Breslow and Adam Stern.

Hard to believe Shawn Green is the 1st Jewish ballplayer to play in NY in 1/4 century.

He isn't very religious personally, but has always made a stand for the Jewish religion when he was north of the border. I'm sure there will be a lot written the first weekend in October when he takes off for the highest holiday - Yom Kippur.

There's another good site for this:

2006-08-23 23:21:51
5.   Humma Kavula
Speaking of Boston's Jewish ballplayers, I assume that Dennis Leary's commentary has been played out here?

If not, it can, and should, be found on YouTube.

If it has been covered, I apologize for not keeping up with the Griddle better than I have.

2006-08-23 23:33:58
6.   Eric Enders
5 It should, but cannot be found on YouTube.

"This content has been removed at the request of the copyright holder New England Sports Network."

2006-08-24 00:18:16
7.   Bob Timmermann
I was given a YouTube link for it, but I opted not to post the Leary/Clarke banter.

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