There was a noticeable effort by the players not to toss the ball high into the stands. In fact, a few of the Braves' players opted not to toss the ball at all to waiting fans. The tragedy of the previous night in Texas was definitely on many people's minds. I don't know the details of how Shannon Stone was killed, but a father wanting to catch a ball for his young son is a familiar scene at the ball park and not one you expect to end in tragedy. Very sad.
Every time I leave Citizens' Bank Park or the Wells Fargo Center, I think of how our sporting arenas are like cathedrals for fans who have made a religion out of baseball, football, etc. What are the odds of 45,000 people coming to see Our Lord night after night? The answer is a very sad commentary on our priorities. I love baseball, football and hockey, but all in their proper perspective. And I can't help but feel a little icky after I go to a game knowing Our Lord does not receive the same adoration as our sports figures do.
|I love watching Doc pitch, but good as he is, he never walked on water.|