The tragic tale of Bat Man

No, not that Batman.

With it being NHL trade deadline day, the media is totally obsessed with players switching teams. This morning on the Fan 590, Mike Toth was joking about a hockey player once traded for a used bus.

Yeah, it’s a bit funny, but players involved in trades like that don’t always take it that well.

And in the case of John C. Odom — traded by the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League for 10 bats (made by Prairie Sticks, double-dipped black, 34 inches long, model C243) — it ended in tragedy.

“People are like, ‘I’d kill myself’ and stuff,” Odom said at the time, dismissing any such notion.

Three weeks after the trade, he abruptly left the team.

Six months after the trade, he was dead.

The medical examiner said Odom’s death in Georgia on Nov. 5 at age 26 was an accidental overdose from heroin, methamphetamine, the stimulant benzylpiperazine and alcohol.

It’s easy to complain and be bitter about professional athletes (they get paid to play a game!), but you’ve got to remember that they are people, too. I’m not saying to not boo athletes or to not rip into them when they deserve it, but maybe people like Toth (whose mental situation can be described as “questionable at best”) should think twice before laughing at a guy who was traded for a bus.

R.I.P. John C. Odom.

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