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Where we endeavor to stay positive about the 2011 Mets…

To An Athlete Dying Young

Posted by JD on February 12, 2010

We pause our preparations for pitchers and catchers to address something far more important. Today, Nodar Kumaritashvili, a luger from the Republic of Georgia, passed away in a horrific accident on the Olympic luge course at Whistler, BC.

Events like these always remind me of the classic A. E. Houseman poem, To An Athlete Dying Young. It’s a wonderful poem that honors the skill and grace and courage of the athlete. And, I think, days like these highlight how totally it misses the point. I think we’d all agree that the races won, the medals earned, and the records held, all mean far, far less than the life of a young man.

Regardless, please read the poem and consider it’s meaning for yourself. And take a minute to think of Kumaritashvili, his friends, and his family. May he rest in peace.

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One Response to “To An Athlete Dying Young”

  1. metgirl4ever said

    That poem gives me chills…

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