Death & The World Series

Would you tell the pitcher before the big game that his father died?

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Comments (11)

(11) Elizabeth, January 12, 2016 2:48 PM

Not either or but both-

I think the answer is both no and yes-I agree with Edythe( the post prior to mine) that his father would most likely have wanted him to continue the game with an unhindered mind. On the other hand, I think it would have been highly appropriate to tell him as soon as it was known.

(10) Anonymous, January 10, 2016 7:34 PM

It was wrong not to tell the player that his father passed away before the game. It has to be the individual's choice about whether or not he or she would want to play under those circumstances. No one has the right to make that decision for another person.

(9) Anonymous, November 26, 2015 7:03 PM

Would you tell the pitcher before the big game that his father died?

The information received (that the pitcher's father died) was not anyone else's information but the pitcher. The person who had this information had the moral obligation to tell the pitcher as soon as he knew and then let the pitcher decide if he wants to play or mourn. The game may belong to the people, but this piece of information belonged to the pitcher only and how terrible is it to steal this privilege for the sake of a game? There once was in Canada a figure skater who was to playing in the olympics, she had been training for 8 years for these olympics and on the day she had to perform, her mother, who was at the games, died of heart attack, the olympian was told immediately and she was told that if she didn't perform it would be understandable. She chose to perform nevertheless and said this last performance was dedicated to her mom. She won the Silver medal that year. The point is that she was given a choice to make, and this choice only belonged to her.

(8) Sharon Kerr, November 10, 2015 7:36 PM

Correct Decision

Absolutely the right decision was to let him have his moment. He's still living, and if he had known, either out of loyalty or duty he wouldn't have played and would have always wondered how it may have turned out.

(7) SusanE, November 7, 2015 9:26 PM

Of Course.

It's his right to know that his father had passed. It's his decision whether to play a ballgame. - - - - The answer to wait is almost as ridiculous as "Why not wait till after his Fathers funeral so the son can celebrate the win and not be bothered with those sad pesky services". Really? Keep his fathers death a secret from him? - - - - - So your nominated to recieve an Academy Award tonight? Your child got hit with a car and just died in the hospital..... there is nothing you can do to save him. Should they wait to call after you received your award? This is a rubbish question, Rabbi.

(6) Simcha, November 5, 2015 2:53 AM

A Miacle

In this age of cell phones, social media, etc., it's unbelievable that he did not find out. I take this as a sign that HaShem is not unpleased. May this man find comfort.

(5) Aliza, November 3, 2015 4:34 AM

I would love to know what his reaction was when he found out that this was kept a secret . Perhaps that is the only way to know the answer to this question.

(4) john markham, November 2, 2015 6:50 PM

He also pitched the last game of the WS

Does the fact that he pitched well in the final game of the WS confirm that not telling him of his father's death before he pitched the 1st game was the better choice? In his mind did he "dedicate" his performance in the last game to the memory of his father? Jack

(3) Jeannette Zipes, November 1, 2015 4:50 PM

tell person their father died before a great moment

Do not tell the person about the death until they accomplished their moment. The father that died loved his son and he would not of wanted his son not be in perfect form to win.

(2) Yaakov H, November 1, 2015 4:47 PM

Correct decision

R' Salomon, in addition to your two sources, the Talmud mentions in a few places the concept of אין משיבין על הקלקלה, unless there is a compelling reason, one should not report bad news. According to some opinions, the only reason to tell a son about the death of his parent sis so that he will know to say the קדיש. Therefore info agree that the decision not to inform the pitcher about the death of his father was the correct decision.

(1) Pamela Fender, November 1, 2015 4:07 PM

Good decision

I think it was a better choice not to tell him. He can't change the situation, so better to wait until after the game. When I go on vacation and I have a neighbor take care of my pets, I tell them not to phone me if something happens to my pets. I can't change it, so why ruin my time? Best decision.


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