As you’ve likely heard by now, there was a horrible incident last night at Rogers Centre, as a fan on the third base line collapsed and, as the whole stadium watched, needed several minutes of desperate medical attention, which halted the game, and turned out to be, unfortunately, in vain, as the man was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
It would be easy here to lament the intrusion of real life into the fantasy atmosphere of a professional sporting event, and I think horribly selfish, too. These sorts of things are bound to happen occasionally, and they will always provide a stark reordering of perspective for those of us who witnessed, if only– if we’re being honest– likely for a short time. But to think, first and foremost, of ourselves and how we may fit into this fragile world and of our own mortality ignores too much the all too real truth that a man has died, very suddenly, and his family will now have to begin the long process of coping with it and trying to move on. Clearly our thoughts are with them and with the victim himself.
And I’ll add that it’s out of that sadness felt for the family that I’ve selected the photo above for this post, unlike the Toronto Star, who’ve elected to run a picture of the man being carted off the field, and that all I’ll say regarding the “fans” who, according to Kevin Youkilis (via a tweet from MLB.com’s Chris Toman), were “yelling crap at me, talking crap at me,” as this was all taking place, that I truly hope they somehow didn’t grasp the gravity of the situation. Judging by their alleged actions, they’re dumb enough for that to be a distinct possibility.
(Parkes, on the other hand, is ready to tee off on them over at Getting Blanked.)
Image via Brad White/Getty.