FSU softball shortstop Maddie O'Brien grew up idolizing Mickey Mantle. And like Mantle, she also suffered a freak injury early on in her career. But it was the tragic death of a 17-year-old fan that really put things into perspective for the slugger.
There's a distinction between the way fans care and the way players care. Sal Alosi's bizarre, sociopathic behavior was far more consistent with an irrational fan's behavior than a uniformed member of the team.