Once the baseball season ends, players merge into real life as quickly as they can. They spend time with family, catch up with friends, go golfing, fishing, hunting ...
Two stories today about Mariners players. One, regarding Doug Fister, wouldn't surprise anyone who's gotten to know Fister this past year. Fister spent time at home in California flipping pancakes for firefighters, signing autographs and talking baseball.
The news about Josh Bard is anything but light-hearted. On a hunting trip with two friends, Bard was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by the 21-year-old son of a longtime friend when it overturned and rolled. Bard and the driver, both wearing seat belts, were fine. The driver's father, Denver-area Pastor Pat McKendry, was riding in the back of the truck and was killed.
Bard has spent time with the McKendry family and is dealing with his own loss. If you've got an extra prayer handy, keep Josh in mind.