Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Here's To the Good Guys

Nothing shows the goodness of this country like tragedy. It brings out the best in all of us. In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre the whole c0untry has bonded in prayers and thoughts to support the victims, their families, and all those affected by it.

The Washington Nationals showed their support last night by wearing Virginia Tech caps in their game against the Atlanta Braves. I thought that was a really great gesture and really endears you again to the national pastime. This is where the NFL often gets it wrong. When players are the slightest bit out of step in their uniforms or sideline garb in the NFL, they get fined. MLB wisely made no issue of the Nationals show of support.

The Nats will probably be the worst team in baseball this year. But even then, they're professionals and they have already provided, in April, what might be the best story in baseball this season. So here's to you Nats.

Say a prayer for all those in the Virginia Tech tragedy today. And remember to say one for the shooter's family. Their grief of losing their son to suicide has to be compounded infinitely by the knowing what their son did and what he ultimately became. God bless them and keep them.

1 comment:

Piccu said...

The NBA is also like the NFL in this respect because Jerry Stackhouse of the Mavericks wanted to put Robinson across his number 42 jersey as a tribute to Jackie Robinson on his day this past Sunday and the NBA said no. It is so funny to see that these "games" have so many rules and ways to take the joy out of the game. Baseball actually looks good when it comes to things like this, which I love because baseball is my first love.

As far as your sentiments about Va. Tech I agree wholeheartedly and I think sometimes we forget about the family of people who do things like this. It is wrong to blame this young man's family and in the end they may need more than the victims themselves because I can only imagine how they must feel to know that so many innocent victims died by their son's hands.

I hope that the families and loved ones and the whole state are somehow able to pick up the pieces and move forward with their lives. I also hope that the blame game doesn't get out of hand because how does anyone stop something like this? I heard a professor on Countdown last night say that because the person who did this and deserves the actual blame is dead that it is hard to blame a dead man and easier to blame everybody else. I just hope people are given time to mourn and grieve.