Seattle Mariners Arrange Surprise on-Field Reunion Between Soldier, Son

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Earlier today, I discussed baseball’s legacy of segregation. Baseball is doing a fine job of remembering that with the annual Jackie Robinson Day, even if evoking Robinson’s great accomplishment and sacrifice somehow tends to avoid really coming to grips with the very policies that made his works necessary—he’s the hero of a battle that is never named.

Having pointed this out, it is also fair to celebrate all the things baseball does well. Today’s example is this little reunion the Mariners arranged for a few of their fans in the video above.

Here at home, we get so preoccupied with the election, the economy, the latest shows on TV and yes, even baseball, that it’s easy to forget that there are soldiers fighting and dying overseas in an unpopular war. That the war isn’t a larger blip on the radar in our distracted society is more an indictment of us than the war itself, and it was good of the Mariners to recall it to our attention. Most of us get to go to ballgames with friends and family, but some of us don’t, and never will, because their loved ones have made great sacrifices for our country.

I personally have had some great experiences with the generosity of baseball teams in arranging some special tributes for some cancer sufferers of my acquaintance. There are many good people in front offices today, and when I talk of baseball’s history, I don’t mean to overlook their efforts. Who you are has little meaning without a thorough acknowledgment of who you were, but in moments like this one, the present goes a long way towards outdistancing the past.  

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