Late Friday night, the long wait for Ron Roenicke to come into the media interview room in Miller Park was unusual – even after his Milwaukee Brewers had blown a 6-0 lead in a heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Immediately upon entering the room however, you could tell the manager’s heart was indeed, broken. I’ve been covering high school, college and professional sports for over a decade now, and his face – the pain and emotion in his eyes – was one I had only seen, and felt, a few times before.
Others in the media room felt it, too, but it couldn’t be spoken.
Saturday afternoon, Roenicke confirmed it to the gathered media prior to the game.
#Brewers SS Jean Segura has left the team to travel to the Dominican Republic. His 9-month-old son passed away yesterday.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 12, 2014
Then, Carlos Gomez – a father of two – spoke for the clubhouse.
Segura left Milwaukee immediately to return to his home in the Dominican Republic and was placed on the bereavement list.
The @Brewers have no timetable for Segura’s return. "If it's my kid, probably, I’m going to stay home. I’m not coming back," Gomez said.— Drew Olson (@DrewOlsonMKE) July 12, 2014
And it’s impossible to know, should Segura return this year, what kind of impact it will have on the 24-year-old.
Roenicke on Segura: "These things are different with everybody and every player. Hey, face it: some people never get over it."— Drew Olson (@DrewOlsonMKE) July 12, 2014
We’re all human. We all have felt loss, personally and professionally. Brewers beat man Tom Haudricourt summed it up best, I think:
#Bewers manager Ron Roenicke said all he could. Emotional Carlos Gomez bravely acted as club spokesman. Handled as well as could be handled.— Tom Haudricourt (@Haudricourt) July 12, 2014
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