I’d personally like to thank the fans of most of the other MLB teams who presented fans of the St. Louis Cardinals warm thoughts, wishes and prayers over the death of Josh Hancock early this morning.
It’s times like this that makes me proud to be not just a fan of the Cardinals, but a baseball fan as well.

While we cheer for our own team, and maybe boo the opponents, the vast majority of fans realize that it’s a game, and while the outcome of every game is important to us, it’s still just a game. Even the players realize that.

Take time tonight or tomorrow to tell your parents, and your wife, and your children that you love them, because that time may be your last. You think not, and you hope not, but nobody knows when they’re time to move on will come. Josh Hancock didn’t, I don’t, and you don’t.

Live life to it’s fullest, and live in the moment. It’s all we have, in addition to our memories.

As I’ve borrowed from the wonderful reading Christine Buck gave at her father’s memorial at Busch Stadium II in July 2002 all day, I’ll do so again…

Go crazy, heaven. Go crazy…for God’s new RH long-reliever.

Rest in piece, Josh. Say hello to Jack and Darryl for us. And thanks for taking the ball when we needed you to do so.



  1. Brady

    Not once, not twice, but three times I’ve seen
    A saddened and lost and confused scene

    The first, a man with a voice heard by plenty

    His personality brought together many

    The second, an athlete with talent galore

    Who was a friend of his teammates and by the fans adored

    The third and most recent hit everyone hard again

    It was a man and an athlete who brought cheer to the most serious men

    All three were great friends and close to all others

    Teammates, fathers, friends, and brothers

    Jack Buck, Darryl Kile, and now Josh Hancock, rest in peace

    But your memories you left us will never, ever cease



  2. Kevin

    Thanks to both of you for your comments, and in Brady’s case, your poem. It’s terrific.

    While I love the Cardinals and Colts, at the end of the day, if they don’t win, life goes on. So in that way, it’s only a game.

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