I learned baseball from my dad. He died of cancer earlier this year and, in a strange way, the events that followed led me directly to writing for Purple Row and passing along his legacy of talking baseball. But the events of yesterday and the fact that I have sustained an unlikely Spring Training injury to my left wrist (listed as day-to-day) got me thinking about what the men who play the game really stand for.
I spent most of the day just across the street from Coors Field. I was thinking of baseball and being inspired by humanity. The St. Baldricks Foundation was holding their annual event to raise money for children's cancer research.
I had no intention at first in participating but of course was swayed by the cause, the fact that total strangers would donate $150 on my behalf, and that my girlfriend was already chopping off years' worth of her hair. So I took the plunge, and actually kinda like the look but more importantly, newly shaven and staring at Coors Field, I was reminded about how and why I got into baseball in the first place. I have on multiple occasions here on PR referred to ballplayers as heroes. Yesterday I saw a 13 year old girl get her head shaved in memory of a fallen family member. She is a hero.
But baseball inspires us, tells us stories, and gives fathers and sons something to pass on. So while it can be fun to get caught up in debates about a player's value measured ins OPS and WAR, let us highlight the professional athletes that prove their true value is not as players but as people. There is not stat for humility and honor.
It may have been hideous, but Troy Tulowitzki's mullet for The Children's Hospital and Special Olympics Colorado, is further proof that there are countless ways to raise money and awareness for important causes.We can all be more creative. Apparently, you can be as broke as me or as rich as Tulo, as long as you have a head of hair, you have something to give.
The Rockies will be hosting a 5k run (or walk if you're like me) to help the homeless on May 12, 2013. The run/walk concludes with a lap around the warning track at Coors Field, which makes it worth the price of admission if you ask me. Of course there are prizes, raffles, and the like. There will be plenty of fun to be had, especially because deep down you get the filling joy of having done something good for someone who needs it.
I wanted to include a list of charities supported by the Rockies (and maybe even other local celebrities) but tracking down that information has been harder than I thought it would be, especially on one wrist.
Speaking of which, I am going to have to make this a short one. I'm not sure if I slept wrong, if it was when I caught myself falling, or if it was me trying some things on the guitar that I had no business attempting, but my wrist is pounding now and I need to rest it for the next article.
For actual, in-depth, and dare I say excellent articles on the Rockies, make sure you check out Charlie Drysdale's interview with Dillon Thomas and especially his analysis of the home park factors for the Rockies minor league affiliates and Nolan Arenado's splits and Jay's census on the entire Rockies roster which is shaping up to be a great primer for the team heading into a new season.
Also, this week's podcast was thoroughly entertaining.
Please check out The Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation and Charity Fund, St. Baldricks, and donorschoose.org to help you figure out what to do with all that good will you've been dying to give away.
Edit: Thanks to jrockies for reminding me that there is a Purple Row Cares charity.