Monday, April 16, 2007

Prayers for Va. Tech, and Royals stuffs

My apologies for the lack of posts!! It's ironic, in a way: since I got a job in the Royals' organization, it's been harder for me to follow the Royals. On Friday, I started my fabulous new job with the Omaha Royals. My duties as a member of the Powerade Power Team are basically to give away free stuff, run the between-innings promotions, and make sure fans are having a good time. I LOVE the job, but it is time-consuming, which is why I'm losing track of how KC is doing and falling hopelessly behind on homework. I'm sure that once school is over and I cut out the hour-long (each way) commute to work, I'll be able to handle things better.

In the meantime, I offer you these tidbits:

Omaha is on a 3-game win streak. Three wins is a modest number, but the team should continue to get better. Brian Bannister pitched brilliantly yesterday in a 3-1 win, which justifies my excitement over him joining the Royals organization. Also, it's much easier to keep the fans happy when the weather is nice and the team is playing well! In Friday's home opener, the weather was a tad bit chilly and the O-Royals didn't play too well. It's not a surprise, then, that a lot of people were grumpy all night (except for during the fireworks, which were awesome). Sunday, on the other hand, was perfect. The weather was sunny and warm, and the game was tight and exciting, with Omaha scraping up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to come out on the winning side.

Tonight's KC game was a train wreck from the get-go. Kansas City could hardly do anything right. However, Ryan Shealy snapped his 0-12 cold streak with a homer in the 7th, and Alex Gordon seems to have started making loud outs (or sometimes even getting on base) rather than striking out every at-bat. I suppose those are good things. The final score was 12-5, Detroit.

On a normal day, I'd be a lot more upset about a dismal Royals game. Unfortunately, tragedy has come upon the country and provided a harsh little slice of perspective. Sure, my team sucked it up today, but it could be so much worse. I can't imagine how it feels to be at Virginia Tech right now. How can anybody be capable of taking that many lives in one day? How will students ever feel safe in that dorm and that classroom building again?

I had a pit in my stomach all day today, because I know that this shooting happened a thousand miles from my campus, but the fact is that it could have happened anywhere. The fact is that I am a college student, living the same type of life as the 32 who were killed today. They didn't see it coming, nor should they have had to worry about that sort of senselessness.

I don't quite understand the rage over the lack of communication on campus. What were the U's officials supposed to do? Would it have done any good to bark out the news of the first round of gunfire over loudspeakers on campus? My guess is that if people had tried to flee, the gunman would have opened fire again anyway, regarless of whether he was in the building he intended to target. The whole situation is just awful, beyond my scope of comprehension. Please pray for not only the people who died today, but everyone on that campus who has to figure out how to go back to a normal life after this. Only God has the power to sort this tragic mess out.

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