Well, someone's being despicable. Keep the torches oiled and the pitchforks waxed. The details are fuzzy, though:
A mural honoring Puerto Rican baseball icon Roberto Clemente has been painted over, destroying what was a source of pride for Little Leaguers and parents at a rebounding Azalea Park Elementary School ball field.
(Coach) Lugo sponsored a childhood friend and noted New York City muralist to craft the mural in 2011.
On Wednesday morning, it was painted over.
That would be a gorgeous, gigantic mural on the side of a concession stand in an Orlando ballfield. It was commissioned specifically to inspire the local youths, and we're not talking about a coach heading out to the wall with a marker and some Spirographs, seeing what he could work up.
When Lugo recruited a childhood friend — professional graffiti artist Hector "Nicer" Nazario — to paint the large-scale, red-and-black mural, the community rallied around the project. Nazario has been a leading figure in the Bronx-based mural group known as TATS CRU, whose graffiti art has evolved through the years into notable commercial and community work.
The Clemente mural had been up for just over two years before someone gave the orders to paint over it. No one knows exactly why. The league doesn't know. The city doesn't know. The baseball academy in charge of renovations doesn't know.
Suggestion: Find an intern. There's always an intern or staffer to blame.
Whatever happened, it's awful. Click over and look at that mural! Those bastards. I want one on the side of my house, but they couldn't keep one on a snack shack.