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Brad's Blog 5/1 - 05/01/14

Ray Chapman and Aroldis Chapman. Not much in common, outsideof their surnames, and that they both played baseball.

They almost shared something else. On August 17, 1920, RayChapman was playing second base for the Cleveland Indians, a pitch hit him inthe head while he was batting.  He died 12 hours later.

Ray Chapman and Aroldis Chapman. Not much in common, outsideof their surnames, and that they both played baseball.

 They almost shared something else. On August 17, 1920, RayChapman was playing second base for the Cleveland Indians, a pitch hit him inthe head while he was batting.  He died 12 hours later.

 When Aroldis Chapman was struck on March 19th in Surprise,Arizona, there were gasps of horror followed by stunned silence. Little wassaid about his potential return to baseball. The concern at the moment was not,when is Aroldis going to make his first rehab start? it was, I cant believewhat I just saw"that may be the worst Ive ever seen! The images of Redsplayers running to the mound, Royals players taking a knee was breathtaking.

 The incident seemed unbelievable, which makes his recoveryequally so. But we forget quickly.  Chapman made his first rehab starttonight. One inning pitched. Three batters. Two strikeouts. He hit 101 on thegun. No signs of mental or physical damage sinceyou know.  Hes back. OnMay First! That would have been hard to believe on March 19th.

Chapman isnt the first person to recover from being hit inthe head with a baseball. And, because pitchers remain unprotected, he probablywill not be the last. Since hes all right, theres no need to think about howclose March 19th came to being a tragedy baseball hasnt endured in close to acentury. Theres reason to remember, and be thankful the missile is firingagain.

 

 
 
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