People die practically every second in a world of over 7 billion people. But each life is precious in their own way.
Jackie Robinson once said a life is only important in the way it effects others. And that is a good segway into how baseball, really just a diversion in the whole great scope of things, can take us away from the hurt and pain that life and death can inflict on us.
Despite my obvious love of the game, it is just a diversion. Reggie Jackson once said that if he struck out to end a game, a billion people in China wouldn't care less. He's right. It was likely that mindset that he had that made him so clutch in the big situations like the World Series.
Maybe the best example of how baseball helped heal was in the days and weeks after 9/11. Baseball came back one week after the attacks and gave a city like New York something to root for again, if only for three hours a day.
Putting it all into perspective, as feverish as fandom can get, we are reminded from time to time that baseball is just a game. Life, health and happiness is what is really important. In the last week, I have been made painfully aware of that fact.