There are two things that truly matter in life – baseball and politics. I was raised to root for the underdog, the David versus the Goliath, the person with little to no chance at success. It informs my team biases and my political ideology. When I finally came of age to choose a team to follow I landed on the worst team in baseball – the Atlanta Braves. Shortly after that the team took a turn for the better knocking out 14 straight division championships. As a fan nothing gets much better than that.
It is difficult to find a politician or activist to find the same kind of passion one finds in a sports team. Human beings are flawed characters but their ideals, goals and means to the end are what actually matter. In that regard, the lifetime work of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Mother Jones, Ghandi, Caesar Chavez, Saul Alinsky as well as the unknowns who fight against the status quo.
A former seminarian, a former political campaigner and now a current writer. I like to focus my time on watching a good ball game and hammering out a politically charged opinion piece on income inequality, equal rights and the progressive movement at large.
Some of my work has been published in AlterNet, In These Times Magazine, Progress Illinois and other sites.
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