Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC

It's been called "The Greatest Play in Baseball History" and it happened 41 years ago today.

On April 25, 1976,  Los Angeles Dodger Rick Monday was playing center field when two ignorant jerks ran out on the field, took out an American flag, and attempted to light it afire.

What happened next will make your day.

Monday was asked about NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem:

"I was shocked," Monday told USA TODAY Sports. "The question is why? Why? He has his own issues. He has his own beliefs. And many of us have our own that are totally opposite of that.

"I don’t like it, and I don’t respect it.

"It is dishonoring the flag and the people who served our country."

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"It’s freedom of speech," Monday said, "but the flag itself, I look at it from a positive standpoint. I look at it from the standpoint where I heard today from one of the moms who lost their son. It’s like Barbaralee (Monday’s wife) says, 'We drape the caskets of our fallen warriors with the flag, and it’s presented to the family with the words, from a grateful nation.'

"So how grateful are we if we do not respect the very people that have given? They gave the ultimate, protecting the rights and freedoms the flag represents."

Certainly, Monday believes Kaepernick has every right to raise the issue, letting people know that he’s upset with injustices in the country, but he just believes it should be handled differently.

"If people have an issue, why not address the issue," said Monday, who has been a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast analyst since 1993. "To me, it’s insulting to those who have served. I look at the flag from a positive standpoint. And it’s taken a lot of concessions from a lot of people for us to have it. I respect the people that have fought for our country and have been there for us, and what he’s doing is not respecting the country.