Itâ€™s been a while since we chatted. Canâ€™t believe itâ€™s been a year since you passed away. Itâ€™s time to remind the baseball community (and David Samson) of what you offered.
You were acerbically funny with a scathing wit. And yet, you were a man of faith, who was able to fight your illness by latching onto the Bible. You took it upon yourself to correct the likes of David Samson about how the public would be on the hook for a new Marlins stadium. You had a thing for columns on Barry Bonds. You always were a blast on Baseball Think Factory. You were, â€śBest Regards, John.â€ť
You wrote for The Hardball Times, Sympatico/MSN Sports, Baseball Daily Digest and other outlets, including your own blog, Ground Rule Trouble, or as it was once lovingly called, "The Progenitor of Severe Glutial Discomfort"
You died far too soon. The idea that at 43, God would come calling, just didnâ€™t seem quite right. You suffered for several years with ulcerative colitis and (possibly) autoimmune hemolytic anemia -- a disease where the body destroys red blood cells.
You were one compassionate man, John. Will never forget how you were there for me when I found out my son was autistic.
If I might suggest a little reading--I find God's reply to Job in Job 38-42 reassuring in that it reminds me that even though we suffer He is still very much in control and as James 5:11 states: "As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."
You were righteous, John. I hope you an Pappas are up there talking about Selig these days. Talk soon.
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