by Dan Gibson
Not sure how I missed this before, but one of my favorite writers, Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski, put together an incredible heartwrenching article in the Jan. 24 issue of that magazine about the Green family:
Christina had gone with neighbors to meet Giffords because she thought she might like to get into politics. That's how the Greens do things. They follow their hearts. When John was a low-level Orioles scout he was invited to a team party, where he saw club president Larry Lucchino standing alone. The other scouts kept their distance. John walked up to the boss and said, "Pretty nice spread, eh, Larry?"
Everyone says Christina had Roxanna's grace and John's spirit. Of course she played baseball, the only girl on her Little League team. Of course she was elected to her student council. Outside Mesa Verde Elementary her schoolmates would put up a memorial for Christina with teddy bears and ballet slippers and posters. One friend, Paige Carlin, simply wrote down words that described Christina. BASEBALL. READING. PRETTY. ANIMALS. POLITICIAN. MATH. FUNNY. The biggest word on the page was HAPPY.