The baseball community banded together when a writer helped save a cameraman's life
The focus was understandably on the field at Busch Stadium for the final game of the 2019 regular season. The Cardinals had a division title on the line and the Cubs were hoping to end manager Joe Maddon's tenure on a high note. The stakes were high, so why think about anything else?
Just before the game, however, disaster nearly struck. While working in the Cubs' dugout, videographer Mike Flannery suddenly collapsed. He was unresponsive and panic began to set in.
Thankfully, someone nearby knew CPR, and he just so happened to be another member of the media: St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold.
That's a tale that goes beyond just having someone else's back.
Had Goold not been there to lend a hand, I shudder to think about what might have happened to Flannery. This is true human camaraderie, and it's great to see that kind of support in the baseball community. You share a tight-knit bond with your co-workers, regardless of whether your office is in a high-rise building, a hospital or even a ballpark.
For those close to Goold, though, this was par for the course.
My husband is a dogged, intrepid reporter and an incredible writer.— eebsworthgoold (@eebsworthgoold) September 29, 2019
More importantly, @dgoold is also a damn good person, who jumps in to help when and where he is needed.
Hoping the gentleman he assisted today makes a full and quick recovery.
Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.