9-year-old might be messenger of hope

Posted Jan. 12, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 12, 2011, at 8:37 p.m.

Perhaps she was meant to be the messenger. Few seem to be listening, maybe now more will hear.

Baseball has long lived in the hazy twilight between reality and fiction. It lives on the soft spot of the human heart, wrapping itself in the flag and hot dogs and sugar-coated snacks.

Like life, baseball is not all fairy tale.

Christina Taylor Green is the 9-year-old murdered in the horrendous Tucson killings that took six lives and left a Congresswoman with a bullet through her head.

She was the daughter of John and Roxanna Green. John is a scout for the Dodgers.

The grandfather is Dallas Green, a longtime big league manager and senior advisor to the Phillies.

All of the deaths in this vicious incident are equally tragic. However, in our society that so worships sports, the name of this little girl will garner the headlines.

We know she was just elected to her student council and went to hear the Congresswoman because she liked politics.

We know she was the only girl on her Little League team.

We know she was born on 9-11-01 and was one of the 50 faces of children born that tragic day to be seen in a book that helped raise money for 9/11 charities.

Her mother said she was proud of her birthday and told the New York Times her birth “lent a grace note of hope to that terrible day.”

The child’s life will now be asked to lend a grace note of hope to another terrible day and it is her connection to baseball that will open the door that the note might be heard.

The pendulum in our society has swung to extremists clamoring loudly for the right to do everything but be responsible.

Those heard the loudest live for money, power and hate in whatever order they feel serves their purposes that day.

They will be the first to say this was a sick man who committed the horrendously inhuman acts and their cacophony of hate played no part.

Bull.

Christina Green died attempting to be what we are all supposed to be, but have surrendered to extremists: A part of a responsible body politic. Hear her.

No one could be a more innocent victim than this child. Innocence should be protected by a strong societal fabric, but we have surrendered that to guns and single-minded haters.

No one can be more responsible for the politically hate-filled society we live in than the silent in society who have let the hate-mongers become the stars of politics.

She has given us a chance to think and act. Her baseball connection will generate the publicity, but will we hear?

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