With a few exceptions, in general terms, Jews have never been an athletic people. So when someone from our team is celebrated for his/her athletic prowess, it's time to break out the Manischewitz and gloat as if being Jewish has anything to do with it.
Ryan Braun, the third baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers, nicknamed The Hebrew Hammer, has become baseball's first Jewish Rookie of the Year.
Braun led the National League slugging percentage with .634 in his rookie year. He hit 34 home runs since he was called up from the minors in May. Braun also won the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, the Baseball America Rookie of the Year, the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball NL Rookie of the Year, and the Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie Awards.
In an interview with the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, the 24-year-old son of an Israeli father and a Christian mother said:
“Being Jewish is something I take great pride in. There aren’t too many Jewish athletes that have achieved success at the highest level, so it’s something I am very proud of,” said Braun, who is considered by many to be the most highly touted Jewish prospect since Kevin Youkilis.
Apparently, Braun also has a younger brother who plays for the University of Maryland Terrapins.
Maybe he'll be the next Jewish athlete to provide us with a little naches.