Give Polish-American Day a more fitting celebration
It is with great dismay that I have to comment about Polish-American Day at the Buffalo Bisons game of Aug. 15. I have attended the past three Polish-American days at the ballpark and have watched as the ceremony and honorifics have diminished to the extent that it now is painful to watch.
While the pre-game tent party, polka band and Polish food were conducive to such a celebration, the rest left a lot to be desired. Yes, the first pitch and the awards were given out to the respective honorees, but apparently that was the end of the Polish-American celebration. During the course of the game there were absolutely no facets of Polish-American life but for only a small designation on the outfield scoreboard in the lower right hand corner stating that it was Polish night.
Now I was unable to attend the Hispanic, Irish or Italian nights, but I do have to wonder if those same celebratory dates were performed the same way as the Polish-American night. If it was, then shame on the Bisons’ organization. It would seem that during the whole game some semblance of ethnicity could have been continued during the game instead of the nonsensical Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority ball toss, race the bases with Buster (as if we don’t know who is going to win) and, oh yeah, the innocuous chicken wing race.
For a community that prides itself on its ethnicity, it actually was a shame that an organization such as the Bisons found such a trite way to present it to an audience that had a large turnout of people of Polish descent.
I would hope that in the future perhaps the Bisons could contact Polish organizations. If it is difficult to plan such a good, encompassing event, then I would most certainly stand up at the front of the line to volunteer my services and work with the Bisons so that such an event could be done and accomplished in a first-class manner.
Allan A. Kasprzak
Village of East Aurora