Mike Coolbaugh had only been coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers for a few weeks before a line drive struck him in the head and killed him. To the players and administrators at Tulsa’s parent club, the Colorado Rockies, that makes no difference. Coolbaugh was family, and you take care of family. In this case, taking care of family means voting a full playoff share to Coolbaugh’s wife, Amanda, and his young children Joseph and Jacob.
Rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was with Hurdle at a press conference when the manager revealed the players’ decision, said some of the veteran players brought up the idea and the rest of the squad agreed.
“We decided as a team … it was the right thing to do,” Tulowitzki said.
And with that, the Rockies’ already impressive run to the MLB playoffs becomes inspirational and meaningful outside of the events on the field. Kudos to the elated Colorado palyers in the wild-card hunt for taking time out to remember what life is really about.
(Originally posted on Bus League Baseball)