The lines are blurred between sports and reality when house fire displaces seven members of Wagner College baseball team.
By William Chase
Sports, for most of us, are a way to get away from the everyday. The doldrums of reality, the sometimes negative aspects that might be occurring in one another’s lives off the field, court and ice.
Then there’s those moments where the unthinkable crosses over and blurs unto the sports scene.
That happened to the Wagner College Seahawks, a small college located on Staten Island in New York, when tragedy struck seven members of the baseball team.
On a current 10-day road trip through Virginia during spring break—facing Longwood University Lancers, defending national champion and No. 10 ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers, Norfolk State Spartans and Virginia Commonwealth University Rams—their house was set on fire, burning everything. The only possessions the players have to their name are what were taken on the road trip with them.
As investigators still seek answers for everything that happened, several have shown their support via Twitter over the last few days:
— SHU Baseball (@PioBaseball) March 11, 2016
Wagner baseball players in need of some assistance after a fire. https://t.co/45kdpITqgb
— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) March 11, 2016
— CB Daily (@CB_Daily) March 11, 2016
Please help the Wagner Baseball team out. Their house burned down while they were on a roadie up in Virginia. https://t.co/7rjdtWySus
— Wagner Hockey (@WagnerHockey) March 11, 2016
We’ve seen tragedies rise up in the sports world in the past. It’s situations like this where teams, players, coaches and everyone, a part of the team on the field and off, fight to steer forward and fight through the adversity.
At 3-5 on the young season, that is exactly what the Wagner baseball team will do.
A gofundme has been created by junior pitcher Danny Marsh, for anyone who would like to donate contributions to the cause.