Condolences go out today to Toronto Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald and his family after the death of his father, Jack.
Jack McDonald, who lost a battle with cancer at the age of 60, was a longtime high school football referee, baseball umpire, and basketball official in southeastern Connecticut. Jack was one of those guys who took on a thankless job and never stopped smiling. He also coached youth sports in his hometown of East Lyme.
He was one of those people — and every town has one — who did the things needed so that kids could play their games. For people who knew Jack in that part of New England, this is a tremendous loss.
His son, a big leaguer since 1999, is respected for his defensive ability and how he conducts himself as a person. He has played with the Indians, Tigers, and Blue Jays.