The best thing about sports is that they are not necessarily a part of real life. While we devote real time and emotion almost every day–and real money on occasion–to our favorite teams, we generally have the sense to not let them affect our every day lives too much. We have highs and lows with the team, but they do not necessarily float or sink our days. Every so often, though, we need to bury ourselves in sport. We’ve seen countless articles about this as we’ve just passed the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and aboard Flight 93.
This Saturday, my cousin Jessica passed away. She, like I am, was 24 years old. When she was a baby, she developed a brain tumor that was removed. Soon after, though, a tumor developed on her brain stem and that was, unfortunately, inoperable. At the age of three, she had a stroke. She never walked and could only say a handful of words. Regardless, she was a joyful person who had to–and did–fight hard for her entire life that was not supposed to span beyond five years. Taking that into consideration, I’ll take 24 years as an absolute victory. This is the second time a close relative of mine has died during baseball season (my grandfather, to whom I was insanely close, died in July of 2006) and I’m glad that I’ll have baseball to help distract me again.
The games remaining for the Yankees are going to be pretty stress free, since a playoff spot is all but locked up. While I could consider this a bad thing as a potential escapee, I’ll consider it a positive. It would be nice to have the games mean a little more so I could completely engross myself in them, but getting a chance to be relatively lighthearted during a somber time will be more than welcomed.
Watching baseball, writing about it, and digging up its stats this week will not make me forget that my cousin is no longer with us but doing those things will give me just a few hours of distraction and we can all use that every once in a while.
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