During Tuesday’s baseball game against the Bullard Knights, Madera’s Scott Roberts was struck hard on his batting helmet by a pitch from the Knights’ flame-throwing Blake Quinn.
My initial reaction was to urge Roberts to shake it off. In the heat of a game, our emotions generally overrule other more sensible thoughts.
Only after the game did I realize that this might not have been the best move. With all the media attention lately focusing on the tremendous adverse affects from concussions, I had to admit that my reaction was irresponsible.
What we have seen from the death of Junior Seau and the countless number of experts recently alerting us to the dangerous and long-term consequences from concussions has been frightening. I should have known better. But like most former athletes, I also just walked it off when someone should have stopped me. There is little doubt in looking back that I experienced several concussive hits...