Immodest Proposal: Scrappiness for All

By Jason Schwartz | Boston Magazine |

DUSTIN PEDROIA and Danny Woodhead are scrappy. Just like Trot Nixon, Brian Daubach, and, dare I say it, Brian Scalabrine before them. We love our scrappers, and there’s no shame in that. They’re all hard workers who overcame the odds — and here in New England, that’s probably the highest praise we can give an athlete. Only, ya know, they’re all white. And Boston does have, ahem, something of a history when it comes to race and sports.

So how do we fix this? Let’s start by recognizing that nonwhite players can be scrappy, too. Nate Robinson, for example. The C’s little man is 5-foot-9 — the same as Woodhead! Not only that, but Robinson also dives all over the court and has a habit of fearlessly launching his body into gigantor opponents. That’s overcoming the odds! Better yet, that’s scrappy! So let us resolve to henceforth always refer to Nate Robinson as “The Scrappy Nate Robinson.” The Dirt Dogs would most definitely approve.

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