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March 3, 2004
Speaking Truth to Power

When people ask me to identify a hero, sometimes I have difficulty answering. Sir Thomas More? General Anthony McAuliffe, who famously replied "Nuts!" to a German demand for surrender at Bastogne? The Canadian diplomats who risked their lives to smuggle Americans out of Teheran in 1979?

All good answers, of course, but now one man can take his rightful place with these other people of courage: Saint Paul of Fraters Libertas. JB Doubtless writes today about how SP spoke truth about an evil, in the middle of the lion's den (er, Giants den) itself. Here is an excerpt of this inspiring display of righteous bravery:

Something sent SP off (a Bonds dinger? the memory fails) and he yelled "HE'S JUICED". Embarassed, but laughing, TRAH and I continued watching the game. But he wasn't done. In what could only be described as drunken, maniacal boorishness SP launched into a ten minute LOUD diatribe about Bonds and his relationship to steroids.

It almost seemed that the more offended people around him became, the louder and more vociferous his rantings became. "73 HOME RUNS FOLKS YOU THINK HE DID IT NATURALLY?" Families, disgusted, left the section in droves. Various Giants fans were yelling obscenities. An old woman shook her fist at us.

A fist-shaking old lady? Could anything be more daunting than that? [sniff] Saint Paul, you are this Dodger fan's Hero of the Year. God bless you.

UPDATE: Saint Paul has weighed in with his recollections of the evening in question. The only question I have is: who the hell is Jesus Vega?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 3, 2004 11:20 AM

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