Death in the Spotlight


How does one deal with death of a loved one? 

It’s an age-old question, really. 

When a loved one dies, be they family or friend, the rest are left to deal with the loss, the emptiness, the absence. How do they handle it? 

But, how does one deal with it in today’s social media age where every tweet, post, @ mention or image is scrutinized by media, fans and the general public? 

You handle it like a pro: 

With the death of his father today, Tony Gwynn Jr showed all of the attributes instilled in him by his parents with those tweets above. His dad just happens to be legendary Major League Baseball (MLB) great, Tony Gwynn Sr. Gwynn Sr died today of complications from his battle with cancer.

While others may share all of the tweets that rolled in today from media, athletes and fans, I wanted to highlight these tweets today. In sports, we (fans and media) sometimes lose sight of the human element. In our passion, we forget that athletes and coaches, who are the ones in the public eye most, are dealing with the same issues we deal with on a daily basis. Cancer is no respecter of person, race, gender, notoriety or bank account. It’s not just a one-game or match battle. Whether it’s through treatment or prayer, it’s a day-to-day, hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute, second-to-second war for those stricken and their families. Add that to the public life athletes and coaches have, well, it’s hard to imagine anyone handling it as well as Tony Gwynn Jr just did. 

If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend this Father’s Day story from yesterday by CSN Philly about the Gwynns:

Prayers and condolences to Gwynn Jr and his family. 


FINAL THOUGHT: Let’s let the San Diego Padres, Gwynn Sr’s MLB team, have the final say. 


CadChica Sports

2 comments on “Death in the Spotlight

  1. Joseph Cadwallader says:

    Well done, Cadchica!

  2. […] my friend, Sunny, eloquently wrote today, “In sports, we (fans and media) sometimes lose sight of the human element. In our passion, […]

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