Late Friday night, the long wait for Ron Roenicke to come into the media interview room in Miller Park was unusual â€“ 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 managerâ€™s heart was indeed, broken. Iâ€™ve been covering high school, college and professional sports for over a decade now, and his face â€“ the pain and emotion in his eyes â€“ was one I had only seen, and felt, a few times before.
Others in the media room felt it, too, but it couldnâ€™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.â€” Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 12, 2014
Then, Carlos Gomez â€“ a father of two â€“ 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 Seguraâ€™s return. "If it's my kid, probably, Iâ€™m going to stay home. Iâ€™m not coming back," Gomez said.â€” Drew Olson (@DrewOlsonMKE) July 12, 2014
And itâ€™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."â€” Drew Olson (@DrewOlsonMKE) July 12, 2014
Weâ€™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.â€” Tom Haudricourt (@Haudricourt) July 12, 2014
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