The Orioles have announced several things they’ll be doing in remembrance of Mike Flanagan, who took his own life on Wednesday. Among them:
- Players and coaches will wear a black patch on their sleeves with the word “FLANNY” written on it;
- A black banner will be displayed with the number 46 on it below the broadcast booth in which Flanagan worked;
- The Orioles flag at Camden Yards will be flown at half staff; and
- Finally, the Orioles have set up a virtual guest book in which fans can share their condolences and memories of Flanagan.
I know that whatever drives a person to kill themselves does not correspond very well with rationality, but it is a shame that Flanagan could not feel in life the love and good will that is felt for him on the occasion of his passing and which was surely there all along.