Willie Mays just celebrated his 90th birthday. IMHO The man known as “The Say Hey Kid, is the greatest player ever to put on a glove. He’s definitely the best this baseball fan has ever seen. He one of those rare five-tool players. To celebrate Mays’ 90th birthday, Nancy Pelosi posted a picture of Willie McCovey saying it was Mays. McCovey was a great baseball player who also played for the S.F. Giants, but he was no Willie Mays. Does Pelosi believe all black people look alike?
On offense, Mays had no equal, he could hit for average, and power and was always a threat to steal a base. If Willie Mays didn’t spend two years serving this country in the Korean War, missing 266 games, he might have beaten Hank Aaron’s all-time HR record of 755. Mays ended up with 660 (yes, I know Barry Bonds had a higher career total than Aaron, but Hammering Hank did it without taking steroids. Bonds was a cheater).
Mays was like a vacuum cleaner in his prime playing center field, catching anything hit to the outfield with his unique basket style. But he didn’t just catch the ball. Willie Mays’ throwing arm was a canon. In the 1954 World Series, Mays made what many consider the greatest world series catch ever made. Centerfield in the Polo Grounds (where the Giants played before they moved to San Francisco) was larger than average, and Mays, who played a shallow center field, ran full speed and made an on-the-run over-the-shoulder catch 440 feet out on the warning track to make the out. But that’s not even the amazing part. Even though he was running full speed the other way, Mays stopped on a dime, spun around, and threw a perfect strike to home plate.
On Thursday, the Twitter account for the Speaker of the House posted a message to legendary baseball player Willie Mays in honor of his 90th birthday.
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“Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays, a trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. #SayHey90” read the tweet.
The problem was that she included a photo of herself with Mays’s San Francisco Giants teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Willie McCovey, who died at age 80 in October 2018.
Well, that’s awkward!
She replaced that tweet with a new tweet that had exactly the same text but a photo of Willie Mays:
Gee, Willie didn’t look so happy to be stuck with Pelosi.
It’s not clear how long the incorrect tweet was up before it was replaced, but Pelosi’s office was quick to blame a staff member for the screw-up.
‘A staffer inadvertently selected the wrong photo for the tweet,’ a statement to KCBS Radio read.
‘The photo we wanted to use was of the Speaker and Willie Mays at Willie McCovey’s August 2018 wedding. The quickly deleted photo was the wrong photo from the right wedding. We apologize for the error.’
Source: Daily Mail
It’s being chalked up to a simple mistake, but it’s a very embarrassing one, and it shouldn’t get swept under the rug. It’s a big deal — Pelosi’s district includes San Francisco, and she’s been the representative since the early 1980s. It’s an egregious error for a politician.
It’s pretty clear that 81-year old Nancy Pelosi doesn’t personally vet every single tweet that goes out. She’s probably hired some young, hip, wokescold who has no idea who Willie Mays is to handle her social media campaign. Still, this individual should know how to perform a simple image search before the photo was posted if they couldn’t confirm with Pelosi which was the correct photo. It’s the least that they could do to avoid embarrassing one of the most powerful politicians in the country. It’s especially embarrassing since both photos were taken at the same event…the wedding of Willie McCovey.
Ultimately, Nancy Pelosi is responsible for everything posted online in her name, and she needs to address this properly. Does she think that all black men look the same? Does her social media staff think that…or are they just lazy and stupid?
But let’s not let it get lost that this was the 90th birthday of a legendary athlete and an inspiration to so many kids of all races.
Say what you want about Dubya now, but years ago, he said, “I never dreamed about being President. I wanted to be Willie Mays.”
Mays is still an inspiration and still the best ballplayer I’ve ever seen. He deserved a better “honor” than the one he was given by the Speaker’s awful tweet.
Much of this post was first seen at Clash Daily
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