Two days ago, John McDonald was at his father’s funeral. Today, on Father’s Day, he hosted a group of kids and their dads before the game. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, he did this.
The only way it could have been more powerful is if it had helped the Jays come back to win, but as Vernon Wells said after the game, “Wins and losses don’t really matter at that point.”
It’s often been said that baseball is more about family than it is about being a game — hell, they made a movie about that — and this is one of the perfect illustrations of that.
I don’t have the time to do anything deeper about this at the moment, but it’s not really necessary. The above video from the excellent John Lott and this from Jordan Bastian really say everything that needs to be said.