Friday, April 13, 2012

it’s OK to be your own unique being

Nashua Telegraph: "...The 60-second video includes vignettes of Red Sox players and teens who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation speaking out against it. It features third-baseman Kevin Youkilis, catcher Jason Varitek and manager Terry Francona. “It’s OK to be your own unique being,” Varitek says in the video. The players and manager are spliced with videos featuring teens who have been victims of bullying. “It makes you feel like even more of an outsider,” said one girl, who said she was part of the LBGT community. Francona encourages those being bullied to get help “whether it’s teachers, counselors or friends.” “Don’t be scared. A lot of people go and get therapy – myself included,” Youkilis said. Sam’s petition was part of his “make a difference” project, something that must be completed by all students on the “Red Team” at Pennichuck Middle School. When it drew more than 9,000 signatures in just over a week, it got the attention of Red Sox officials..." (Sox release spot on anti-bullying)

The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, and a member of the Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox's home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, around 1908, following previous Boston teams that had been known as the "Red Stockings". Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, called by some the "Curse of the Bambino" after its alleged beginning with the Red Sox's sale of Babe Ruth to the rival Yankees in 1918, an 86-year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in 2004. However, the team's history during that period was hardly one of futility, but was rather punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" in 1946, the "Impossible Dream" of 1967, Carlton Fisk's home run in 1975, and Bill Buckner's error in 1986. Red Sox history has also been marked by the team's intense rivalry with the New York Yankees, arguably the fiercest and most historic in North American professional sports. Since 2003, the Red Sox have been perennial playoff contenders and have won two World Series, emerging as one of the most successful MLB teams of the last decade. The Red Sox are consistently one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance, while the small capacity of Fenway Park prevents them from leading in overall attendance. Every home game since May 15, 2003 has been sold out—an MLB record that has spanned almost eight years (Wikipedia).

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Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).