Gabby Giffords’ Intern Will Throw Out The First Pitch At The All-Star Game
Daniel Hernandez, the intern who held Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords upright and alive in the minutes after a crazed gunman shot her in the head, will be throwing out the first pitch at tomorrow night's MLB All-Star game.
There is added significance here, because Hernandez is Mexican-American and gay. He'll be ceremoniously beginning an All-Star game for a sport that isn't the friendliest to gay people, and will be doing so in a state that isn't the friendliest to people with Hispanic-sounding names.
The irony of all of this probably isn't lost on Major League Baseball. Although the harshest of Arizona's S.B. 1070 have been ruled against, and they won't be any of the major player protests that were rumored when the law was originally passed, there are still tensions.
For instance, there's this guy.
With a national TV audience of millions expected for baseball's All-Star Game, Sheriff Joe Arpaio could not pass up the chance to promote two of his favorite topics: himself and his disdain for undocumented immigrants
A group of inmates from the sheriff's holding area for undocumented immigrants, all of whom were convicted of DUI, will join American male and female chains of DUI offenders to send a message about the perils of drunken driving when they pick up trash outside Chase Field next week, Arpaio said.
So, with a chain gang of illegal immigrants outside of Chase Field, and a group of (presumably) straight baseball players waiting to play, and much of the country watching, Daniel Hernandez will throw out the All-Star game's first pitch, and baseball, despite remaining passive on the issue of immigration and still facing issues of homophobia in the clubhouse, will briefly look inclusive. One thing we're sure of: he'll have a better arm than John Wall and Dirk Nowitzki.
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