So, since my last post there have been some things to make me tear up (for different, manly, reasons). The first was watching Vin Scully call his last regular season home Dodgers baseball game. There is something special about watching someone who is great at their job do their job. I don’t care if it’s the fella pouring your driveway or the Hall of Fame baseball announcer calling a game… it’s nice watching people who take pride in their work. Not only is Vin Scully one of the best, he’s been doing it forever. By “forever”, I mean since 1950. At the time, only four MLB teams (2 in the AL and 2 in the NL) were integrated (a 5th team, the Boston Braves, would get their first black player in 1950). Anyway, it was touching to see the love the players, umpires and fans showed to Scully during this game.
On this same day (the last Sunday in September), it was announced that Arnold Palmer (hall of fame golfer and legendary man) had passed away. So far, I have not heard anyone (and I mean anyone) who has had a bad thing to say about Mr. Palmer. Word is, as great as he was as a golfer he was even better as a man. Everyone has talked about how nice of a man he was. Everyone. That almost never happens when talking about someone who has been in the public eye for so long.
I’m going to go a little out of order here and talk about a nice moment that got to me. It happened in the seventh inning of the Cubs game that night. Manager Joe Madden came out and took catcher David Ross out of the game. Ross is retiring at the end of the season and this was a chance for Cubs fans to show him some love. Something about this move touched.
The last thing was hearing of the passing of Jose Fernandez. To be honest, hearing of the passing didn’t do much to me because I didn’t know him (or of him… I love the Cubs, but don’t know a ton of other players)… but seeing the reactions from other teams (including the Cubs) was touching. Then, on Monday night, I saw this (well, not exactly this… this is just a report of what the Marlins did last Monday night…)
It gets me every time…