Archive: September, 2010
I attended the viewing for 5-year-old Kyler VanNocker this past weekend, and it was overwhelming to see him in his pint-sized coffin, dressed in dinosaur pajamas, in a room decorated with all his favorite things - stickers, toys, bottles of colored water, countless photos of his parents and siblings.
As I told his dad, Paul, how very sorry and sad I was about Kyler's death, Paul refused to go there.
My family is lucky enough to have tickets to the Phillies' Sunday home games. So during baseball season, I get to see a swell bunch of guys, a couple times a month, make the city proud out there on the field.
I admit having a soft spot for center-fielder Shane Victorino, whose new foundation aims to support kids' causes in Philly and in his native Hawaii.
So I'm casting my vote for "Vic," as he's known to his teammates, to win Chevrolet's 2010 Roberto Clemente award in recognition of his humanitarian urges.
True, there's a Chevy tie-in, and you're required to give your name and address to cast a vote. So I expect there's junk-mail in the future of anyone who casts a ballot. But I think Vic, one of 30 contenders, is worth it. Besides, voters get a shot at winning World Series tickets, so it's all good, right?
The carbonated host of "Countdown" on MSNBC invited me on his show this evening to discuss my column today about the death of Kyler VanNocker. Thanks, Keith, for caring.