Bryant Gumbel profiles Nnamdi Asomugha, a former NFL All-Pro who has found a second career as an actor. Soledad O’Brien speaks with Bruce Maxwell -- the first MLB player to protest racial injustice -- about the Black Lives Matter movement. Mary Carillo talks with Olympic speedskating medalist-turned-baseball prospect Eddy Alvarez. Plus, Bernard Goldberg checks in with ballhawk Zack Hample about how he’s still snagging baseballs despite not being allowed inside MLB stadiums during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In September 2017, Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem leading to criticism, racial slurs, and death threats. Two years later, Maxwell sits down to discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement and how athletes are getting involved.
When Eddy Alvarez was going up, he had two goals: to compete in the Olympics and play in the World Series. After winning a Silver medal at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, Alvarez set out to complete his second goal. This August, as the Miami Marlins' roster was decimated by Covid-19 infections, Alvarez made his Major League debut at the age of 30.
Not even a once-in-a-generation global health pandemic can keep baseball’s most obsessive fan from the ballpark. Zack Hample, professional ballhawk, had a season’s worth of plans upended by the Covid-19 crisis. Now that baseball is set to resume this month, without fans in attendance, Hample isn’t taking no for an answer.