ABT announced today that Sascha Radetsky will return to the home team on January 1st. He spent last season in the European League's Dutch National Ballet pitching Albrecht and other principal roles.
Cheers were heard throughout the virtual land when the announcement was received – with good reason.
So why does it seem that Radetsky is turning into a ballet folk hero? A number of reasons. He's homegrown. He's a team player extraordinaire. He's had to struggle more than many for his achievements and has endured unfairness in a public arena. And even though we know there is greatness in him, we also know that there is plenty of struggle ahead for him as well. It just feels good to cheer for this guy.
Welcome home, Radetsky. And thank you, Mr. Steinbrenner.