They Couldn’t Find An Athletic Jew Younger Than Sandy Koufax To Replace Ryan Braun On This Book Cover, And Now I’m Sad
As a Jewish child and avid sports fan, my hero was Shawn Green, because he was virtually the only Jewish athlete that I was aware of, and he was pretty good. He related to my Little League dilemma of whether to play or not on Yom Kippur. I remember my Hebrew School teacher once told me about some offensive lineman named Mordecai Something Jewish that the Steelers drafted one year, but I just tried to look him up and I'm fairly sure I was lied to.
Sadly, this is about all us Jews had.
Ryan Braun was taken off the cover of the highly-anticipated book, "Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present," because he's a lying cheater and the publishers of this fine book do not tolerate lying cheaters.
Sandy Koufax was the best replacement they could find, because there were no recent players who were worthy.
Scheduled to share the cover of a kids book with Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman for author David J. Goldman’s “Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes, Past and Present” (it used to be a leaflet), Braun has found himself replaced by Sandy Koufax.
The book was scheduled for an August release, but Braun’s association with Biogenesis that brought a 65-game suspension sent the publisher scrambling. Braun’s story still is featured inside, on pages 6-8, because it would have been cost prohibitive to remove him entirely, Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben told Publisher’s Weekly. Instead of erasing him from the inside, they added a blurb to the back flap acknowledging Braun’s suspension for PEDs. It was the least they could do, Sussman said:
“While Ryan Braun is a very talented baseball player and we were originally excited to have a contemporary sports figure of his talent and stature with such a strong identification to his Jewish heritage on the cover, there was no question that, after the steroids scandal surfaced, his image was tarnished and he was no longer appropriate to serve as a role model for Jewish kids.”
Killer. I still think Green should have made the cover, but that's about the only other choice they had. And now I'm sad. You let us down, Braun.
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