Days Like Today Are Bigger Than Baseball

By David Galleher
H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

After the devastating events at the Navy Shipyard on Monday September 16, MLB correctly decided to postpone the Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves game to the next day.

Safety reasons aside, postponing the game is just the right thing to do. After any tragedy, there is a healing process that must begin. That slow process began today when the Nationals and Braves made up that game. One baseball game can’t do much in the large scheme of things, but it is a start.

It was two teams coming together to pay tribute to the victims by playing the game all Americans love. Baseball is a three-hour game which consists mostly of relaxing and casually watching your team. For every fan in attendance, this game hopefully gave them a break from the chaos which ensued less than 24 hours ago.

What happened is unimaginable, but sports has a way of calming people and allowing them to get their mind off reality and channel their focus towards enjoyment, even if for just a few hours.

There are no doubt people out there who are outraged they played this game today. People have said baseball has no business being played at a time like this. Not enough time has passed for true healing for the victims, their families and the entire community, but it’s a start. There has to be a start. The tributes before, during and after the game were done with respect and admiration for anyone and everyone involved in this tragedy.

Everyone’s heart goes out to the victims and the community. As I’m sure the Nationals and Braves both hoped for, people hopefully got a nice break from this unreal situation and got to enjoy themselves this afternoon. Events like this can unite a city. Even with the Nationals underachieving this season, their fans and community must be proud of the fight and determination they showed today in their first game.

They no doubt played for the victims and their families and hoped to ignite the healing process in their great city. They deserved that win, and nobody can say they didn’t make their city proud. As a Braves fan and supporter, a loss like that makes you smile. You find yourself rooting for the Nationals as they played for DC.

When the ball somehow found its way out of the infield, normally a Braves fan would curse the TV in anger. But not today. That ball did its job. It gave the Nationals their much needed win and hopefully put a smile on many faces in the community — faces who needed a smile today more than most. Good game to the Nationals, and let the healing process begin.

David Galleher is an Atlanta Braves writer for Follow him on Twitter @theDaveGalleher.

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