By: Kurt Snyder
If you have a career in sports, it can consume you. If you are a fan and find yourself captivated by big games, the ones that can mean the difference between a great season and just an ordinary one, it can serve as a distraction from the stresses in your life and the evils of this world.
Families can be ravaged by tragedy. Car accidents and cancer can turn normal into a nightmare for people. At Central Michigan University last week, a student was killed by a hit and run driver only months after his brother had also been killed in a car accident.
Lloyd Carr, the long-time University of Michigan football coach, who led the Wolverines to the National Title in 1997, now must feel hopeless as he and his family must endure the pain of watching his 5-year-old grandson in hospice care with an inoperable brain tumor.
And of course, Friday night, we were reminded of how completely evil this world has become as over 100 people in Paris were killed at the hands of terrorists.
Everyone has their own personal trials to endure. And we search for things toward which to avert our attention, if only for a few hours.
Daniel Norris, who recently had successful surgery to remove a tumor from his thyroid, talked about how pitching has helped him get through it. When he’s on the mound, getting hitters out is all he thinks about.
Players play through personal tragedy, sickness and injuries that would make it difficult for a lot of us to even get out of bed, much less go play competitive, professional sports.
Sports, especially Tiger baseball has always been my vice. And regardless of what might be going on in my life, it’s where I go for escape.
But it’s hard to concentrate on the Hot Stove League in light of what transpired in Paris on Friday night. The images of the horror those people went through were frightening. And you wonder what this horrible ISIS organization has planned for us right here in America.
Every week, in cities all over the country, hundreds of thousands of people gather for sporting events. And during baseball season, you have your pick of any city on any night of the week that could be chosen as the next terror target.
As much as you try to go on and live your life normally, it changes you. Since 9/11, we don’t go to an airport without scanning the people around us. We don’t get on a plane without taking a good look at people on board. I know I do. The event changed us. And the tragedy in Paris will forever change the people who live there, forever.
In 2001, after 9/11, watching the Yankees play in a World Series meant so much more. New Yorkers went to games to heal. And a championship could have brought them so much joy in an otherwise horribly tragic situation. You just hope to be able to grasp ahold of something to help you get through it and move on.
And now, once again, the world is forced to move on. We have to move on from Paris; we have to move on from school shootings in America that seem to ravage us more often than is even imaginable. We must move on from all the challenges we face in our families.
And people continually turn to sports to distract them, and hopefully here at Totally Tigers, we can be that distraction for people searching for something, anything, to get their minds off their troubles and the horrible realities of this world.
Unfortunately, we can’t be that for you today. Sometimes you have to recognize what is most important, and this weekend, it’s not the Hot Stove League.
But we will move on.