|Thankfully, No One Has Killed Bill Buckner.
||[Sep. 30th, 2003|12:03 pm]
|[||In the Moment
|||||Adult. - Nausea [Restructured]||]|
For some, it seems that sports weigh a bit too heavy on the heart.
Bill Buckner, former Red Sox 1st baseman and unfortunate error-maker in a crucial point of the 1986 World Series, received death threats after the season. Before the error, the Red Sox were 1 out from winning their first championship in decades. The Mets went on to rally that game and win the next one and leave Boston still championshipless to this day.
For Donnie Moore, relief pitcher for the then-California Angels, it was a stinging perfectionism and utter failure at a crucial moment that weighted on his emotions. Moore had signed a lucrative deal with the Angels in 1985 to close games for them, and had a successful 1985 season. During that 1986 season, he played through an injury that eventually turned into career-ending nerve irritation in his rib cage. He was out of baseball by the late 80s, still upset, permanently deflated over his crucial blown relief appearance against the Red Sox that 1986 season. In 1989, he shot his estranged wife, and he shot himself. He died by his own hand.
There are plenty of strange stories of the stakes of sports. More than I can possibly mention are out there, and they all are demonstrations of the absurd in light of what should be mere athletic competition.
Whether or not the sport is professional or amateur, no game should result in death as a consequence.
The following is ripped from the current headlines. I grabbed the blurb from ESPN . . . the piece is one of the tale of the enraged father, and the almost tragic murder of his son, a college football player.
For those that don't believe me, you can read the AP article here:
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
PINSON, Ala. -- A Pinson man was charged with attempted murder for holding a gun to his son's head and pulling the trigger in the midst of a tantrum after Alabama's double overtime loss to Arkansas Saturday.
The bullet narrowly missed 20-year-old Seth Logan, who said he picked the wrong time to ask his dad for a car, sheriff's spokesman Deputy Randy Christian said Monday.
Joseph Alan Logan, 46, surrendered to police Saturday and was charged with attempted murder and domestic violence. He was released from the Jefferson County jail Sunday on $7,500 bond.
"I know we take football serious in the South," Christian told The Birmingham News for a Tuesday story, "but that's crossing the line."
The request upset Joseph Logan because his son has already wrecked several vehicles, Logan told investigators.
"He claimed he was just trying to scare his son," Christian said.
According to the police report, Joseph Logan had been drinking alcohol and began slamming doors, tossing boxes and throwing dishes in the sink after the Crimson Tide lost its football game to Arkansas, 34-31 in double overtime Saturday.
While Joseph Logan was throwing the tantrum, Seth Logan asked for a new car.
Joseph Logan then retrieved a 9 mm pistol from his car, grabbed his son by the collar and pressed the gun to his son's forehead, the report said.
Logan threatened to shoot his son in the head, then pulled the trigger.
Seth Logan moved his head just as his father fired and the bullet whizzed past him, the report said.
Seth Logan fled to a neighbor's house to call police. He told police his ear was numb and his head ringing, but he was OK.
Sheriff's authorities called the SWAT team after discovering the armed father still had a 13-year-old son in the house with him.
Joseph Alan Logan walked out of the house with the other son and turned himself in to police just before the SWAT team arrived, Christian said.