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Tsunami hits St. Lucie and MLB

By John Rahilly
On Friday an earthquake hit Japan measuring 8.9 in magnitude, and it also triggered a devastating tsunami, that was and will be felt around the world.  Social Media spread the word quicker than CNN spread the news about Haiti.  We will all have to wait for, the assessment and the impact to a country and its people, and the world.    Bud Selig said the other day, "All of us at Major League Baseball are thinking of our many dear friends and colleagues in Japan today,"[1]  Many people who are employed by the business of baseball went to work with heavy and worried hearts.
According to Japanese Ball Players.com, there were 14 players playing professional baseball in the MLB in 2010, two were on the Mets – Ryota Igarashi and Hisanori Takahashi. Ryota Igarashi was awakened and informed by his interpreter the good news is his wife and family are with him in St. Lucie Florida, but his concern was with his family.  Seemingly everyone was accounted for this weekend.  We can say the same for Ex-Met Hisanori Takahashi, good news.
From Ex-Met Manager, Bobby Valentine, who I would suggest probably considers Japan his second home,  to current Manager of the Mets, Terry Collins the who also spent time in Japan, all went to work for this business we call baseball, with lumps in their throats and heavy hearts. 
Countless others like interpreters, and ball players who have played in Japan, or all the coaches, writers and managers have spent time in Japan – had part of their consciousness somewhere else other than the business of baseball, the other day.  It kind of puts things into focus, or at least it should. 
Baseball players are people and they have families – we forget that sometimes. 


[1] http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110311&content_id=16904460&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

1 comment:

  1. I've caught a few games at St. Lucie, glad they were there and not in Japan.

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