Remember Tim

“Baseball. If there’s a more beautiful word in the English language, I
have yet to hear it… baseball has served as such a powerful link
between Dad and me, and later between me and my son.”

– Tim Russert (1950-2008)

tim.russert.jpgRare are the journalists who represent both the passions and worldviews of their audience to the extent that they stop at nothing to capture and highlight that fermented, weathered, collective voice.  John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes to mind… Bob Costas has his moments… and in a wayward, selfish context, I believe Tim Kurkjian fits that role by feeding my insatiable taste for quirky, useless baseball tidbits plucked down from the ether of madness.  Still, in my opinion, when it comes to the elite of the elite, no one even came close to Tim Russert.

This weekend marks the anniversary of Tim’s death and while I still succumb to shock every time I turn on Meet the Press and realize he is no longer moderating the debate, I like to think that some of that knowledge, that swagger, that desire Tim portrayed all those years, lives on through me.  Not to get overly emotional or anything, but I always felt some sort of transcending connection to Russert; I still feel it today.

Now I know why: Tim Russert was a baseball guy.

Just like me.

And though we shared similar political views and put great value on our relationships with our fathers, in the end, baseball was and always has been the glue — that thing, that commonality, that mutual bond.  You cannot make up that kind of understanding, cannot create that kind of unity.  It just happens. 

Baseball.  If there’s a more beautiful word in the English language, I have yet to hear it…

Baseball people get baseball people.

And Tim Russert was baseball people.

Peace,

Jeff

(Image courtesy of TIME)

5 Comments

Jeff,
Beautiful tribute to Mr. Russert! My dad’s been gone 3 months and I’d give anything for one more game with him. He’s the reason I have baseball.
Lori
http://luckylori.mlblogs.com

Beautiful Jeff! Even us daughters learn about the game at the knees of our Dads. Though I was also blessed to have had a mom who loved the game very much.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Wow. I can’t believe it’s a year since he died. It feels as if it just happened. I hope his family is doing OK. His son seems to be a great kid.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Very nice tribute! It is always sad to lose one of our fellow fans :O(

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com

It still can’t believe that Tim’s gone. I can’t even watch Meet the Press anymore, it’s just not the same. Besides, the only other baseball-loving politico left is George F. Will, and thats just *shudders*.
-Erin
http://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

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