This is one of those days when we really understand that as much as we love baseball, it's not the most important thing in the world. Gene Monahan, the long-time trainer for the New York Yankees, will miss spring training and perhaps part of the regular season due to an undisclosed illness.
Monahan has been a Yankees staple since the early 1960s, working in their minor league system before serving as head trainer for the big club. He has been involved in the care and treatment of every major injury Yankee players have faced, including the horrific shoulder dislocation suffered by Yankee Captain Derek Jeter at the start of the 2003 season. He is a legend in his profession, gaining entrance into the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
My only hope is that Monahan takes care of himself and completely recovers well from whatever illness he is suffering from. Get well soon, Gene.