“Roberto who?”

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).

Here’s last year’s:

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:

  •  wha…
  • 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.

Vote for me!

(h/t Bill)


  1. Robin HitchDied
    August 23, 2012 11:10 am

    My friend Vicki mentioned the Roberto Clemente bridge to my Mexican-born brother-in-law when we all saw a baseball game together, and he said, “Who is that?” Vicki said, “One of the greatest Pirates who ever lived!” Pablo thought she meant he was a seafaring plunderer.

  2. Butcher's Dog
    August 23, 2012 2:42 pm

    The comments just reinforce my long-held belief that Ginny’s readers are among the most aware and erudite on the Internet. Personally, this retired English teacher blames texting for most of the stupidity in modern communication. Just sayin’.

  3. Renee
    August 23, 2012 5:43 pm

    Who are you calling erudite?! Haha, just kidding.

  4. bluzdude
    August 23, 2012 6:57 pm

    I used to be an erudite, but then I accepted technology.

    Loved the cartoons. Vaya con Dios, Roberto.

  5. Suzie-Q
    August 23, 2012 9:13 pm

    You have my vote for presidente!!! Viva la memoria de Roberto Clemente!!!

  6. spoon
    August 24, 2012 9:56 am

    Somewhere in my attic I have a copy of Roberto’s first contract (don’t ask) and the memorial vinyl LP for Roberto. Both I would dedicate to Ginny’s memorial library after she’s out of office.

  7. cmd_45
    August 24, 2012 9:16 pm

    One of our local columnists in the newspaper wrote an editorial in honor of Roberto’s birthday. He was less than complimentary. I KNEW that journalist was a dou$%bag!