Jewish Journal


June 10, 2008

The Rabbi in the dugout



Greenberg. Koufax. Horwitz?

Welcoming MLB’s newest Jew. Giants outfielder Brian Horwitz is no Ryan Braun or Kevin Youkilis, but he’s having a pretty righteous coming out party, batting .385 in his first seven games, with four runs and an on-base percentage of .973.

The Rabbi,” as teammates are calling him, slapped his first home run in his third game, and then swapped a signed bat to get it back:

“It means a lot to me,” Molina said. “It’s like most guys hitting 3,000. I know I’m not a superstar. I know I’m not a Hall of Famer. To get 1,000 hits for a guy who was not supposed to sign at first, then signed for $1,000, $750 after taxes, a guy who wasn’t supposed to make it in the major leagues, the slowest guy in the world ... to get 1,000 hits is an honor for me.”

As a Dodgers fan, this marks the second time in less than a week that tribal affinity helped me overcome sports-fan prejudices, and I really can’t stand the Giants.

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