I remember my first Major League Baseball game. My parents took us to see the Texas Rangers play in the old Arlington Stadium. I remember walking in and the giveaway was a pair of Rangers Shorts. I don't remember how old I was. I don't remember who won the game. I remember the moment. It is engrained in my subconscious. I remember other games with my parents as well. Like seeing Pete Rose and the Reds play in the Astrodome when I was 12....Pete Rose had less than 25 hits to go before he broke Ty Cobb's Hit Record. On my 16th Birthday, our church went to see the Rangers play. Nolan Ryan was the starting pitcher. How's that for a Birthday Present!
In May of this year, I took my girls to their first Major League Baseball game. We were in the Houston area for Sasha's graduation. So, we decided to take in a game at Minute Maid Park. We walked in and were given Pink Tote Bags (the Astros were promoting Breast Cancer Awareness). We found our seats. We enjoyed the Hot Dogs and Nachos...the sights and sounds of the game...the fight that broke out in the stands one section over from us...oh the Memories. The girls loved it. I loved watching them and soaking in the experience with them.
Last night, as the news of Shannon Stone's fall and subsequent death came across the twitter feeds and ESPN Bottom Line, my heart went out to his family. This child had a dream come true moment as the reigning MVP tosses the Ball into the stands and his Dad makes a move to get the ultimate in souveneirs for his son. I would've done it for my kids. My heart is broken today....for the loss of life....for the loss of a Father....for the loss of a husband.
Although I didn't know Shannon Stone or his family, I am compelled to pray for his wife and his Son. I believe in a God that brings a "peace that passes all understanding." I'm also praying for Josh Hamilton...who did something every Major League Baseball player does on a regular basis only to have it result in an accident that leads to a man's death.
Will you join me in praying for these families?