THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
Back in August, the world of Major League Baseball showed us another reason how the world of competition can come together to realize what is really important in life.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis spent most of the 2017 season battling testicular cancer. He was cleared of it prior to Spring Training, but it soon returned, forcing him to miss a large chunk of the season. However, on a Monday night in mid-August, he finally made his first appearance on a big league mound after more than two months of chemotherapy.
The Rockies sent out a Tweet following his outing, which happened to be seven scoreless innings. The Tweet noted that the only score that mattered was "Chad Bettis 1, Cancer 0."
And that's when the world of baseball tipped its proverbial cap.
Almost immediately, teams began replying to the Tweet with personal messages of respect, and the Rockies responded to every single one. It was a symbolic gesture that opponents could send, noting that competition is purely between the lines and should always be respectful. More importantly, it showed that all the players are on the same team when it comes to the game of life.
Baseball player, umpire, coach, fan; professional musician; founder, President & CEO of The OSIP Foundation, Inc.