October 24, 2010
Non-Jews Who We Wish Were Jewish
Obviously I read about sports that are not Jewish themed as well. And while I get much nachas from our Jewish sports heroes, there are always those moments that I say “I wish he was Jewish.” Maybe it would bring me more pride. Not sure why I actually do it, probably so I had more to write about. So I decided to come up with a list of athletes who are NOT Jewish, but I wish for the Jewish people they were.
9) Anthony Parker - Parker, who now plays for the Cleveland Caveliers, gained his fame in Israel while playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He but Israeli basketball back on the map and now sports the number 18 for Chai. There are plenty of days that go by that I just wish Parker was a Jew.
8) Prince Fielder - If Fielder leaves the Brew Crew he might not make this list. But could you imagine the pride and attention Braun and Fielder would get if they were batting back to back. What a Jewish duo they could have been.
6) Josh Hamilton - The reason Hamilton is on here is because of his come back. Sure it would be great to have one of the best players in baseball. But I think his recovery story is a great one and very teachable in the Jewish world.
2) Derek Jeter - It would only make sense that NY Yankees have a great Jewish ball player. Jeter fits the bill. Active. Captain. Great. Jeter is almost the perfect choice.
1) Amare Stoudemire - With all the hype this summer, don’t we all wish it was true. Amare cares about Judaism, moved to New York and visited Israel. Perfect scenario. So this Jew at heart becomes really Jewish and we have a dominate tribesman in the NBA. Even I would root for the Knicks (not over the Bulls).
Love to hear your thoughts.