October 03, 2002

WHAT THE ECK?: Anaheim Angels

WHAT THE ECK?: Anaheim Angels shortstop David Eckstein may have been the sparkplug that drove the team for the entire season, he may be the reason they're in the playoffs for the first time since 1986, and he may be a big reason why the Angels defeated the Yankees in Game 2 of their Division Series tonight. But, contrary to all kinds of reports, Eckstein is not a Jew. The Boston Globe reports that Eckstein was recently erroneously listed in a book about Jewish athletes- and ESPN's Dan Patrick covered the same issue in a column last month. Of course, Eckstein never said he was Jewish (just as Piazza never said he was gay), and I'm certainly not about to hold his gentile-ness against him. He's playing the Yankees, for goodness sakes!

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 3, 2002 12:41 AM
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