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June 28, 2011

The Rays’ Sam Fuld isn’t Jewish, but still a mensch

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/the_rays_sam_fuld_isnt_jewish_but_still_a_mensch_20110627/

Speaking of baseball, Ben McGrath, one of my favorite New Yorker writers, largely because he writes about sports, has a very cool profile of Super Sam, the Tampa Bay Rays incredibly athletic outfielder. Fuld also happens to be Jewish, and you can see traces of my interview with Jordan Farmar.

Fuld is what the Jewish Chronicle called “the very definition of a mensch in uniform,” and he talked about what it’s like being a hero to young Jews—those longing for the days of Koufax and Greenberg and even Green. Like Ryan Braun, Fuld’s father is Jewish, but his mother is not.

Fuld tells McGrath:

“It’s a little tricky sometimes,” he said, and brought up the exampel of his presumed Judaism. “I wasn’t bar-mitzvahed. I feel like i’m almost letting some people down when I tell them, ‘Well, my mom’s Catholic, and I was kind of raised celebrating both.’”

More videos of Fuld going off here.

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