St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock was laid to rest today in his home town of Tupelo, Mississippi. He was killed early Sunday morning when the SUV he was driving slammed into the back of a tow truck on an interstate. Marijuana was found in the car and Hancock had been seen drinking before the accident. It was his second accident in three days. Some members of the media are making hay with these revelations.
Of course I am not sure if a guy doing podcasts from home after he "resigned" from Sports Radio 950 is a member of the media anymore. But I digress ...
The stories covering Hancock's untimely death are everywhere and they are interesting in the same way that a house fire is interesting I guess. It doesn't happen everyday and a lot of heat and light. Who cares if some guy got killed, right? He had it coming if he was drinking, right?
Then comes a very poignant story over at Deasdspin that reminds us that Josh Hancock was a young man doing a tough job who may have had a few problems. He had parents who are mourning, friends who are hurting and teammates who are reeling. I hope we all think of both sides when we see tragedies like this.
Thanks to Flickr member Herkie for the image.