Stories: Who We Have Lost

I Hope there Is Baseball in Heaven

Who did you lose to Covid 19? Johnny Fischer

My dear brother Johnny died of Covid in the very beginning of the pandemic on Long Island. Like our father, he was an avid New York sports fan. They both particularly loved baseball — the Mets and the Yankees. I have many fond memories going with my father and brother to the Polo Grounds and Shea Stadium to see the Mets play.

My dad used to take big groups of kids from our neighborhood to all these games. I am still processing the deaths of my brother and father. I have learned keeping time in a bottle, like the Jim Croce song, has helped. I try to keep the joy that they lived alive.

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