Lazzari’s Archive: All Independence Day Team

As we celebrate another year of our country’s independence this coming week, it’s time to present baseball’s all-time “All-Independence Day/All-Patriotic” team. I know, folks–TOO much time on my hands!

1B- Derek “Robert E.” Lee, Boog “General Colin” Powell, George “Boomer” Scott, Mike “Ezekiel” Jacobs, Dick “Ethan” Allen, Joe “Alexander” Hague

2B- John Kennedy, Ron Washington “Monument,” Chris “Benedict” Arnold (team arch enemy!)

SS- U.L. “George” Washington

3B- David “Liberty” Bell

C- Jim “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevro-” Leyritz, Paul “Revere” Lo Duca, Bob “Clara” Barton, Bob “Daniel” Boone

DH- Reggie “Thomas” Jefferson, Ron “Boomer” Blomberg, Claudell Washington “D.C.”

OF- Boots “Independence” Day, David Justice “For All,” John “Nathan” Hale, Carl “Stars And Stripes For” Everett, “Camp” David Dellucci, Midre “The British Are” Cummings, Garry “John” Hancock, Tommy “God Bless The U.S.” Agee, Jimmy “The Toy Cannon” Wynn, Reggie “Stonewall” Jackson

P- Ryan “Benjamin” Franklin, Fred Norman “Schwarzkopf,” Royce “Let Freedom” Ring, Dennis Cook “Out,” Todd “Revolutionary” Worrell, Tom “White” House, Butch “Patrick” Henry, Dwight “Eisenhower” Gooden, Wally Bunker “Hill,” Marty “General George” Pattin, Paul “Admiral” Byrd, Terry “Samuel” Adams, Jim “Ulysses S.” Grant, David “Boomer” Wells, John “Remember The” Maine, Vida “Red, White, And” Blue

MGR.- Jim “Thurgood” Marshall or Alvin “York” Dark

Team Broadcaster: George Grande “Old Flag”

*Finally, Gary “U.S.” Bonds and the pop group America would perform the National Anthem before every game. Enjoy the holiday, everyone!

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Bob Lazzari

Bob Lazzari is an award-winning sports columnist for both Connecticut's Valley Times and NY Sports Day--where his "Sports Roundup" column is featured weekly. He is a member of the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance and host of "Monday Night Sports Talk" --a cable television show on CTV/Channel14 in Connecticut. A Fordham grad, Bob is a regular contributor to ESPN Radio's "Inside Yankee Baseball"; he can also be heard weekly every Tuesday morning on WXLM/104.7 FM in New London, CT. He has a popular blog where many of his past columns have been archived.

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