Rusty Staub is a chef. He owned "Rusty Staub's" in NYC. Interesting also is that he used "human being" rather than "man" or "person."Peter
I don't have time today to try an analysis, but what does stand out immediately is the difference in tone from the "suits" who gave the corporate condolences and the players who knew Ralph Kiner personally and recounted personal and touching anecdotes.
Bud Selig - did not know Kiner personally. Uses first and last name first time introducing subject. Lack of “I” pronouns in first paragraph, but “I” in second paragraph. Very impersonal. Only talks about Kiner in the context of baseball/broadcasting. Does not mention his family.Fred Wilpon - Uses first and last name first time introducing subject. Calls Kiner an “extraordinary gentleman” which is more than just about baseball. Calls him “one of the most beloved people” instead of “most beloved men” or “most beloved sluggers.” Uses pronoun “we” instead of “I”. Not personal. Shows an appreciation of Kiner as a player but also as a broadcaster. Most of the comments focus on his broadcasting. Maybe Fred Wilpon was not very impressed with his baseball career. Which explains why he didn’t call him a “power hitter” or “greatest slugger” in the introduction of Kiner. Mentions his family.Jeff Idelson - Calls Kiner as a “power hitter.” Does not use his last name. Talks about his personality. In the second paragraph he talks about how Kiner made other people feel, rather than how Jeff Idelson feels. Uses his name only once. I think this means he didn’t know him personally. I think Jeff is trying to imply he knew him better with talking about things he knew Kiner did but wasn’t around for. Does not mention his family.Frank Coonelly - Much more personal. “All of us.” Uses first and last name. Gives him lots of labels: “one of the greatest players” and “tireless ambassador” and “treasured member.” Qualifies “one of the greatest players” with “to ever wear a Pirates uniform.” Uses pronoun “our” instead of “my.” Mentions his family.Tom Seaver - Doesn’t say Kiner’s name. Calls him a “jewel” first, shows priority. I think that means that he doesn’t think he was a great athlete. He talks secondly about how he “loved” baseball. I think this means that only knew him when he was a broadcaster. When he says “especially hitting” I think that means that Seaver thinks Kiner only knew a lot about hitting and not the other parts of the game. Or they had disagreements about baseball. No mention of family. Rusty Staub - Doesn’t use his name. Uses personal pronoun “my” right away. Uses “we.” Uses “I” later. Calls him a “human being.” Not impressed with baseball career. Doesn’t use a lot of “I.” I think they had problems. Because he only talks about them enjoying “good food and wine” and having “fun” during games. It’s a weird thing to say about someone who died. No mention of family. Al Jackson - Doesn’t use his name. Doesn’t call him a great player but a players guy. Uses “we.” They had problems. He had to point out “no problem” which indicates sensitivity. Uses “I” when he talks about the “no problem.” Sounds like he didn’t know him as a player but something above him. No mention of family.Ron Swoboda - Doesn’t introduce him. Uses “I” statements right away. Shows he knew him personally and not a bad relationship. Because he did something that helped him. Wants people to remember the specific date the winning happened. Dwight Gooden - Introduces Ralph. Younger than Kiner by a lot. Didn’t know him as a player. He loved going on Kiner’s Korner for the money not to talk with Kiner. Howie Rose - Introduces Ralph. Says “the family” instead of “my family.” Doesn’t use “I” in the beginning. Doesn’t say “I” will miss his warmth, etc. It’s a passive sentence. Says “I” only when talking about having worked with him.
"...I am grateful that I recently had the opportunity to visit with Ralph, whose lifetime of serve to baseball will always be treasured by the fans of Pittsburgh, New York, and beyond."— MLB Commissioner Bud Selig___________"…to visit with Ralph…" Subject BS was not close to Ralph Kiner, but may like the reader(s) to think so.
My take on the quoted:1. Bud Selig - I have heard of his name, but didn't know he was MLB Commissioner. From what he wrote, I was able tog ather that he is a big Pirates fan. He stated that Kiner has consistent power and patience in the heart of the Pirates lineup made him a member of “OUR” All Century Team. Then when discussing the Mets, he only referred to them as “the Mets”. He listed Pittsburgh first, followed by New York, and then the rest of the teams “beyond”. Pittsburgh is his number one.2. Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilson - I gather he didn’t know him personally. Bud was able to inject an “I” here and there, but Wilson stated “We" throughout. He also wrote "we extend our deepest condolences to Ralph’s five children and 12 grandchildren.” I’m not sure why he chose to list the condolences to 1. His children and 2. His grandchildren, as opposed to just sending his deepest condolences to Ralph’s family. 3. National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff IdelsonRalph was only good for 10 years. The statement “As one of baseball’s most prolific power hitters, Ralph struck fear into the hearts of the best pitchers of baseball’s Golden Era” would have worked well without the added “for a decade” Could he be resentful of Ralph’s hobnobbing with the rich and famous, since in this Obituary he had a need to include Bob Hope?
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