Kobe Bryant’s legacy on American culture resonates well beyond the world of basketball alone. Since Bryant’s tragic passing, many athletes in the sports world and beyond have honored the Black Mamba in their own way.
Today’s example was Akil Baddoo, a rookie for the Detroit Tigers from Major League Baseball.
Okay, these crampons are fantastic and I want a pair. The coloring on them and the design are beautiful. Baddoo is just a rookie but it’s a veteran gesture from the young player. In terms of performance, Baddoo has real promise. for the 2021 MLB season, he has a 1.8 WAR in 120 games and a 113 OPS +. Certainly not superstar numbers, but for a rookie, this is exactly where any organization would want their progression to be.
If Baddoo continues to work and show that Mamba mentality, he will become a star very soon. For now, the shoe game is absolutely on point.
Kobe Bryant’s influence and legacy on the world continues even until his death. The Mamba mentality of “winning at all costs” and devoting 110% of yourself at all times is something that resonates with many athletes and really with anyone who has the drive to succeed in their profession. As in Babe’s “The Sandlot”, “Heroes remember but legends never die, follow your heart, and you will never go wrong.”