No Baseball Today

18 Jul

My husband and one of my dearest friends are going to a funeral today.  It’s for a young boy who was tragically hit by a car and killed.  I’m sorry to start your morning with such sad news but it’s on my mind and has me thinking more about life than sport on this day.

Sometimes the game of baseball just doesn’t seem that important.

Sometimes life can move sports to the back of your mind.

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But sometimes sports can impact life.

Sometimes, there are moments when a game is about much more than the final score.  When a win on a national stage can lift an entire grieving nation.  Japan’s win over the USA in yesterday’s Women’s World Cup final was one of those times.

Yes, I was rooting for the Americans along with my fellow countrymen.  I was remembering Mia Hamm and a shirt-tossing Brandy Chastain celebrating victory the last time the Americans won the World Cup.  I cheered yet another Abby Wombach header and was counting down the minutes to what seemed like a sure victory for the deserving U.S. Women’s team.

But on this day in Frankfurt Germany, a U.S. victory was not meant to be.  Instead after 120 minutes of soccer ended in a 2-2 tie, the match was decided by penalty kicks where Japan beat the U.S. 3-1.  Japan was a heavy underdog having never beaten the U.S. Women’s Soccer team before.

But in the end, none of that really mattered.

Japan is a nation that believes in destiny, a nation that must continue to believe as its struggles to recover from a massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated their country just 4 months ago killing over 15,000 people.

But on this day the Japanese people had something to celebrate, an unlikely victory on a national stage that maybe for a day or two will give them reason to smile.

Yes, I am sorry for the American women.  This must have been a difficult loss after a remarkable run.

But on this day, it was Japan that was the team of destiny.

On this day, it was just meant to be.

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So today, we won’t talk about baseball.

Today I send my thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of that little boy.

That’s what I will do today.

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2 Responses to “No Baseball Today”

  1. Wendy Branzburg July 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    and this is why baseball is so relevant to life. it’s a game where you can take the time to step back, out of the batter’s box or off the mound, regroup, reevaluate, take a deep breath, be grateful for what you have, thoughtful about what you don’t and with a new perspective, move forward the very best way that you can.

    • girlsbestphriend July 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

      So beautifully said, Wendy. Thanks so much for sharing that!

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