It’s been a terrible last ten games for the Milwaukee Brewers. Nine of them have been losses, and last night’s defeat stung extra strongly. The Brewers blew a 6-0 lead to lose 7-6 after a go-ahead home run by Matt Holliday. Their NL Central lead has shrunk to one game, and they could lose it before the All Star Break if the Cardinals keep beating them. Jimmy Nelson, who has had a phenomenal season at AAA Nashville, is currently trying to stave off St. Louis at Miller Park against All Star Adam Wainwright. Things haven’t gotten off to a good start, as the Cardinals have already pulled ahead 5-0 early.
But those events pale in comparison to the devastating news of the death of Jean Segura’s 9 month-old son. The news broke this morning, and sympathy has been pouring in from people everywhere for Segura and his family. Sympathy I wish to express as well.
I cannot imagine how awful it was for Segura to hear the news, and I can’t imagine how he will draw strength to bury his son. It’s horrific news.
Segura has of course been placed on the bereavement list, and there is no timetable for his return, and there shouldn’t be. Segura should take as long as he needs, because family comes before a sport. Elian Herrera has been called up from Nashville to handle things at shortstop in the meantime.
The news of the child’s passing has given Brewers fans, and baseball fans in general, a time to step back and recall that these players we cheer and boo are human beings with real families back wherever each calls home. I know I have been so caught up in this infuriating losing streak that I lost sight that baseball is in fact just a game. I sat in my Terrace Reserved seat at Miller Park and watched the Brewers fall apart in Thursday’s game and felt anger at the Brewers. That anger is foolish when news like this reaches us.
Real things like family matter, not a handful of baseball games. Fans should not be so quick to hate on struggling teams and players, because they’re human just like us. And when a player’s child dies, we shouldn’t make asinine comments about how the child probably died from disappointment because Segura’s batting below .250.
I didn’t just make that up, by the way. Some person actually commented that on NBCSports’s story on Segura’s child. I forget the news site, but that comment was definitely real and has stuck in my head today. But I digress.
The bottom line is that baseball fans like me should not be so engrossed in the Brewers’ struggles of late to the point of getting emotional. Yes, we can get passionate about the game, but it’s always important to remember that that’s all it is. A game.
So as Brewers fans currently watch the Cardinals decimate Milwaukee, I hope they’ll keep in mind Segura’s family and the knowledge that there are more important things than who wins a game.