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Brewers Losing Game 5, but I Don’t Care

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My Milwaukee Brewers are currently losing to the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1 in the eighth inning . . . but I don’t care.

You might be wondering why this is so.   Have I lost my love for the Brewers?  (Um, no.)  Have I decided that baseball isn’t that important?  (Well, no . . . it’s still what it’s always been.)

Or is it that baseball isn’t as important as someone else’s life?  (You’re on to something if you picked this option.)

Look.  One of my best friends is in the hospital in Colorado, and I don’t have the financial wherewithal to go visit him.  He has bacteria in his spine, brain and heart; I was contacted by a different friend who let me know what was going on.

I talked with my friend, very briefly, earlier this evening, and he sounds very ill.  He’s been in the hospital for a week and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be getting out any time too soon, either.

Whatever’s gone so wrong for his health that he picked up a major bacterial infection and has landed in the hospital is such a terrible thing that it’s driving out much of anything else.  I don’t have many details, not that they’d probably help if I did; I just know he’s ill, he’s too far away for me to visit, and I can’t do anything to help besides pray.  (Which I am.)

Anyway, the Brewers still have Game 6 in Milwaukee, and can maybe win that.  My brother has a ticket for Game 6 and I really do hope the Brewers will win and tie the series back up at 3-3.

But for now — just for this one game — I’m a lot more worried about my good friend than I am about the Brewers’ World Series hopes.  Because the Brewers can always try again next year for the World Series if they miss it now (it’ll be tough to get there without Prince Fielder, who is assuredly going elsewhere as the Brewers cannot afford the huge contract Fielder wants, but at least it’ll be possible); my friend’s life, on the other hand, is in a real life and death struggle and I’m far more concentrated on that than I am about any sports team, no matter how much I appreciate them or the game of baseball in particular.

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Edited to add:  I have added a tag with my friend’s name, Jeff Wilson, for those who knew him.  I’ve had a number of people ask me what Jeff’s illness was; this is the main post where I discussed it.

I really wish I hadn’t felt the need to add the tag, though; it really stinks that Jeff is no longer alive to talk writing, politics, and the world at large with as he was a most excellent conversationalist.  (And my best friend.)

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Written by Barb Caffrey

October 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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  1. Ryan Braun is still a hottie, win or lose a game.

    likamarie

    October 15, 2011 at 2:54 am

    • Your friend is my brother. I want you to know that he has a great medical team and is receiving the best of care. We are all worried, but I choose to believe he will pull through and be himself again. He needs his friends and talking to you today lifted his spirits quite a bit. Thank you.

      Randy Wilson

      October 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      • Thank you, Randy . . . I’m glad that I was able to help. Jeff’s a good person and he deserves better than this . . . no one deserves this, but Jeff, particularly, does _not_ deserve this. Please stay in touch, if you would . . . I do have a FB page (look for Barb Caffrey, and a Brewers icon — the older-fashioned one, as I’ve been a fan since at least 1975 — I was very, very young then, mind).

        I didn’t know until Friday evening what was going on with Jeff, at all. I did know that something was wrong, but I didn’t have contact information for anyone but him. Now I have some of that information, so that’s one good thing that’s occurred because of this whole ordeal.

        I know how smart Jeff is, and I know how strong he is inside where it counts; I am with you that he can, indeed, fight this illness and be himself again.

        Barb Caffrey

        October 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      • I couldn’t find your profile, but if you friend request me, I’ll accept. You should be able to just click on the link and see my facebook profile.

        Randy Wilson

        October 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    • True, though I think it has to do more with his attitude than his actual looks.

      Still . . . the main thrust here was that I’m very worried about my friend. Who’d think such a terrible thing would strike anyone?

      Barb Caffrey

      October 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm


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