Some things are more important than baseball
Don’t worry, I’ll get back to talking about prospects, the Draft, the East Coast Pro Showcase, you name it. But I’m hoping you’ll forgive the tangent here as I felt this was important enough to talk about.
As readers of this blog and my stuff on mlb.com know, I spend all of my time covering prospects — pro and amateur alike. We’ve expanded our coverage quite a bit over the last couple of years and our Prospect Watch section has 700 or so players on it. We take great pride in it.
From time to time, I’ve given a shout out to “behind the scenes” folks. None do more than my co-worker Jason Ratliff. Everything looks as good as it does largely because of his herculean efforts. But I’m not writing about him to thank him for that (though he deserves it). I’m writing about another project that he’s headed up that has nothing to do with baseball.
Without getting into too much detail, Jason’s family has been directly impacted by the cruel disease ALS (most know it as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). As a result of that, he’s organized a 5K run/1 mile fun run and walk event near his family’s home in the St. Louis area. The race is this coming Saturday, Aug. 4.
I want to pass along a few links and I sincerely urge you to consider supporting this important, and heartbreaking, cause.
First, here’s the link to the event’s site: Keep Your Eyes on the Pies!! (A local restaurant has donated some ridiculous looking pies).
Finally, the link to donate. You can give money to the ALS Association or you can give to the Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund if you want to help the family directly with the round-the-clock medical care costs.
I appreciate those of you who took the time to read this and even more if you took action. I promise a return to prospect talk after this.