Jason Bay exits game with possible concussion

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Jason Bay just can’t catch a break.

Bay, who recently returned from the disabled list after fracturing his rib while attempting to make a diving catch, left tonight’s game against the Reds in the top of the second inning after trying to make a diving catch on a fly ball hit by Jay Bruce.

Bay came up empty-handed on his diving attempt and slammed his head and neck into the left field wall in the process. He eventually got to his feet and made a relay throw to third base, but Bruce was able to scamper all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

Bay was visited by Mets manager Terry Collins and a team trainer before leaving the game. He appeared to be very woozy while walking off the field and the Mets just announced that he is being looked at for a possible concussion. This is a very troubling development, as Bay missed the final two months of the 2010 season with post-concussion symptoms after crashing into the left field fence in Los Angeles.

Bay is hitting .187 (14-for-75) in 22 games this year and has a disappointing .246/.330/.385 batting line to go along with 22 homers and 110 RBI in 240 games as a member of the Mets.

The Yankees stopped playing Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America”

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The Yankees have played “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch since 9/11. The version they play is the most famous version, recorded in 1939 by Kate Smith. As of today they will no longer be playing the Kate Smith version, however.

Why? The New York Daily News reports that it’s because “the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.” Which is a rather interesting way of putting it, because there’s not much “potential” to this:

Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

I’m guessing this information was available in some Kate Smith biography or is in the memory of some of her big fans who may still be alive, but it was news to the Yankees until recently and once they learned it they decided that going with a version of the song NOT sung by Kate Smith was better. Good call!

Oh, and this was not the first time that the Yankees had to make this kind of call. Ten years ago they fired Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, who used to sing the song at the ballpark during the postseason, after he made anti-Semitic remarks. Precedent, baby.

Anyway, I’m sure someone will complain about this, but I feel like there are better hills to die on than “the Yankees should continue to play the racist lady’s version of the show tune that, despite what we think of it now, was never meant as an actual patriotic anthem.”

If you feel like dying on that hill, be my guest. But please, show your work.