The events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December rocked an entire nation. It has sparked "gun control" debates and has made parents, students, and teachers concerned about safety at school.
The past few months, I have had numerous discussions with my students and colleagues about the topic as we try to sympathize with the victims' families. It's impossible for me to know what these people are going through, because I just can't imagine what I would do if the tragedy struck closer home. I'm sure I would not be as brave and as strong as many of these families have been.
One thing is for certain... I'm proud of how our country comes together to support each other in times like these.
A few weeks ago, MLB.com auctioned off team signed jerseys from each of the 30 clubs to benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. I was excited about this opportunity and bid on the Oakland Athletics jersey.
When the dust settled, I ended up winning the auction with a high bid of $600.
The jersey is autographed by twenty-nine players and coaches, including Yoenis Cespedes, Brett Anderson, Grant Balfour, Josh Reddick, Jarrod Parker, Coco Crisp, and Bob Melvin.
I know what you're thinking... "you totally overpaid". You wouldn't be the first to tell me that. I've already heard it from friends and family members. And in terms of monetary value, they're all correct. There's no way I'll ever be able to recover the money.
However... this is one of the rare occasions where it's not about the money. It's about the cause. And I'm very excited about the newest addition to my Oakland A's collection.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!