Emilie Parker, a tow-headed and ever-smiling 6-year-old, was gunned down on December 14 along with 19 of her classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Her parents, Robbie and Alyssa Parker, have coped with her death by sharing their memories of her in the media and on Facebook. She was a vibrant girl, outgoing and happy. She loved art and, it turns out, the Texas Rangers.
Which is why the team announced this afternoon that her father will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at tomorrow's home opener against the Los Angeles Angels. Robbie's a native of North Texas who grew up watching the Rangers and took Emilie to games here and in Seattle and Boston. Pudge Rodriguez will be behind the plate.
Not the cheeriest of ways to open the season, but with it tomorrow offers a great opportunity for catharsis. The Parker family can honor their slain daughter. The Rangers and their fans can honor the victims of Sandy Hook. And for everyone, it's a chance to enjoy kicking the snot out of Josh Hamilton's new team.