@fureygirl Not about love. I love Ali. Felt it would have been more compassionate NOT to have him in that position. Many fans agreed.
Marlins celebration turned sobering seeing Ali. Crowd chanted "Ali" for a moment. Now silent.
Ali depresses the world on baseball's Opening Day4/5/2012
Muhammad Ali ruled Miami once, back in '64 when he took down Sonny Liston for his first heavyweight championship, but his appearance to throw the first pitch at the Marlins new ballpark wasn't a celebration; it was just...sad. Fans initially cheered him loudly but the stadium fell into an awkward silence as an excruciatingly slow cart drove him and team owner Jeffrey Loria onto the field. Ali's arms shook violently from the effects of Parkinson's disease and, although the PA announcer coerced the crowd into an "Ali! Ali! Ali!" chant, it wasn't a feel-good moment like seeing the champ light the cauldron at the 1996 Olympics. Nice job, Jeffrey. You found something more depressing than Marlins baseball.
Who would've been a better choice to throw the first pitch?