Sunday, April 29, 2007

Another Death in the St. Louis Cardinal family, Today

Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock was killed early Sunday in an accident on Highway 40 (Interstate 64), just west of Compton Avenue, authorities said.

Hancock's Ford Explorer slammed into the rear of a tow truck that was parked in the far left westbound lane shortly after 12:30 a.m. The tow truck driver, who was seated in the vehicle at the time, was unhurt. He told police that his emergency lights were on, and that he honked his horn when he saw the Explorer approaching in his rear view mirror, but that the Explorer didn't slow down or swerve to avoid the collision.

At the time of the accident, the tow truck driver was assisting a motorist from an earlier accident.

Hancock, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cardinals released a statement confirming Hancock's death, and will make another statement at 3 p.m. at Busch Stadium.
Their home game tonight against the Chicago Cubs has been called off, and will be played later this season. A new date has not been set.

Hancock was a key member of the bullpen that helped the Cardinals win the World Series last season, leading the team's relievers with 77 regular-season innings pitched.
There are those times when Baseball has NO meaning whatsoever. When Balls and Strikes, homers, and ERAs are meaningless. Once was during the week after September 11, 2001, Nationwide; another time was the aforementioned deaths of Buck and Kyle.
Baseball is INDEED a pasttime, or passtime, if you choose. Either way, it is ordinarily a wonderful escape from the more troubling news of our world, with it's wars, it's economic sanctions and it's futile diplomatic endevours.
Baseball and the entire baseball season have been, for me, an outlet from the world at large.
But again, tragedy comes calling. This man gamely pitched yesterday! But no more.
Death comes to us all; let's not be fooled here. But when He comes for one of us so talented, so Young, and so well liked, it is always a tragedy, always mournful.

The St. Louis Cardinals, and us all, denizens of the Cardinal Nation, were struck again by tragedy, almost 4 years ago by the death of # 57, pitcher Darryl Kile, immediately upon the heels of the news of veteran broadcaster Jack Buck's death. And now this.

I listened to yesterday's game over the Internet; the game where Hancock came in and pitched three innings. I remember thinking to myself, that the Cubs won't score against Hancock. And I clearly remember his contributions during last season, as well as in the National League Championship games, and then the World Series against Detroit.

Today is another sad day in Cardinal Nation. But the game, and it's timelessness, it's beauty and complexion goes on.

I sincerely submit my condolences to Mr. Hancock's family, and to those of the very close, Cardinals nation as well.

1 comment:

Abouna said...

I may be wrong, but it sounds like Josh hancock may have fallen asleep at the wheel. But no mater what the cause, it is a tragedy.