One of the reasons my perspective on baseball differs from some is that my background was in news, where the real world is an unkind place. In a major league clubhouse, the issues are wins, losses and chemistry.
On the field, there is no real do or die – players survive.
Occasionally, however, real life visits a big league club, as it did before Wednesday’s double-header. Rob Reagle, a clubhouse assistant for more than 20 years with the Seattle Mariners, died Tuesday night.
The cause doesn’t matter. Does it ever, really?
He was a good man, with family and friends, joys and sorrows.
The Mariners clubhouse was a quiet scene before the first game of the two to be played. Reagle was a young man with a quick smile who’d been part of this team, part of this clubhouse, before any current player signed here.
It was a reminder of the difference between loss on a baseball field and loss off. It is a perspective we should all remember, from time to time.
Reagle will be missed. And remembered long after any game or series or season ends.