As expected, MLB has denied the Mets’ appeal that R.A. Dickey’s one-hitter Wednesday be changed to a no-hitter after the fact.
They asked the league to consider changing B.J. Upton’s first-inning infield hit, which proved to be the Rays’ only one off Dickey, into an error on third baseman David Wright.
Dickey himself said the idea of overruling the original call to give him a no-hitter “would be weird” and “would be a little bit cheap.” He also correctly noted that the entire scope of the game and the amount of pressure on him would have changed, making an after-the-fact switch problematic on several levels.
And apparently MLB agreed. Or maybe they just thought Upton’s hit was actually a hit. Either way Dickey officially threw a one-hitter, improving to 10-1 with a 2.20 ERA, and Johan Santana’s no-hitter two weeks ago remains the only one in Mets history.
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!
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.