Each year, Rick Stromoski, the creator of Soup to Nutz comic strip, pays tribute to The Great One — Roberto Clemente — on Roberto’s birthday by creating a strip that includes many references to his life.
Here’s this year’s strip:
If you know Roberto’s story, you’re catching the various references in there. The Pirates hat, the Carolina Pure Cane Sugar (the Carolina, PR sugar cane fields were Roberto’s family’s livelihood at one time), the Santurces (Roberto’s team in Puerto Rico), 21 (his number).
The artist says, “Every year on August 18th on his birthday, I do a strip to honor my childhood hero Roberto Clemente. He was the best ballplayer I ever saw play and he was a great humanitarian giving his life to save others.”
That is an incredible tribute to The Great One and it fills your heart with warmth and hope and love and pride and then you read the comments:
- Yea . . . me too. Just gonna have to came back later after someone more brilliant ’splains it.
- yup i agree wtf
- I was hoping someone would know.
- Seem to remember from way back in HS Spanish that feliz cumpleaños means happy birthday.
- Roberto who?
- Yeah, Roberto who?
[headdesk headdesk headdesk]
When I’m president, August 18 will be a national holiday — Roberto Clemente Day.
Also, the day after Daylight Savings Time begins will be National Napping Day.
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