When the Proverbial 'little people' are NOT Forgotten
October 5, 2007 5:11pm CST
Sometimes it seems that with corporations and companies, the 'little person' gets left behind. The CEO gets a raise while 6 clerks lose their jobs because of it. Well, I am glad to post about something that perhaps you have already heard about, but then again, maybe not. This year a Double A baseball player for the Tulsa Drillers (a team that is a minor league team for the MLB Colorado Rockies), got hit in the neck with a line drive baseball, and instantly died. He left behind two children (3 & 5) and a pregnant wife. Yes, he was a baseball player, but Double A ball is really nothing significant in money. I know a guy who used to be in Double A before leaving it to get a job that paid MORE money. So those guys in the minors play baseball for the love of it, and with the hope they can make it 'big' for their families. Well, of course his wife had life insurance on him, but with two kids and one on the way, can you imagine how uncertain your life would be? Well just this past week the Colorado Rockies got into the playoffs. And all the players, just the players, voted to give a FULL share of playoff bonus money to the widow of the killed minor leaguer. Let me tell you, this is such a class act. The man who was killed had never been up to the big leagues, and in no way were they required to give money to anyone but the players who actually played on the current team. And all those guys just wanted to make sure she knew her husband was not forgotten, and neither would she or kids be forgotten. In fact her two sons threw out the first pitch last night for the playoff game. She couldn't come because she is at the end of her pregnancy, but you just know her heart was touched. Money cannot fix everything, but I don't think the money was the point. It was the outpouring of love and support that was given to a woman who didn't expect anything, but got a whole lot more than she ever imagined. And this IS a discussion, so I would like to hear more stories like this. Of people or companies taking care of people and situations that they do only out of their hearts, and their desire to make this world better. Where caring trumps money every time. : )
6 Oct 07
Hi AmbiePam, I was really touched by the story you just told, and it warms the heart when one reads or hears about such gestures. A few months ago, here in The netherlands a boy was killed on the street when he tried to defend a girl from a group of attackers, that were hurting here. Needless to say how much people were outraged by the act, and that the entire town went on the street to demonstrate their fellowship to the family that lost their heroic son (just 19yrs old) Not only of course, but there was bank account set up to where people could send their donations for the family. Obviously the biy's life couldn't be bought back, but the simple act of caring that the family received was heart warming, and such a nice thing to do. TheFortunes
8 Oct 07
Such an inspiring story. :) Just this year a former well known band leader her ein our country got sick and was hospitalized, his friends helped him by organizing a concert and all the proceeds went directly to him, he was so touched and I remember what he said, it's so nice to be remembered even though he's not so famous now and don't have big projects people remember him specially his colleagues. Now he has a foundation helping people with the same desease as he has. :P)
• United States
8 Oct 07
I think that is great. It's always helpful if a recognizable face is raising money for a cause. Not that they will single handedly convince people to donate, but because maybe they get the attention that foundation needs to be able to show what serious things are facing sick people.
• United States
7 Oct 07
My friend let me read an article about this story out of 'Sports Illustrated' and I was just shocked at how quickly someones life can change. The poor woman was still in a state of shock when she gave the interview. It's a sad story and it's a beautiful thing that the Rockies gave her money. They didn't have to do that, but they did. People still have some heart left in this world.