Josh Hancock, 1978 - 2007

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Is there such thing as a "virtual wake"?

After the highway accident that killed St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock early yesterday morning, Larry Borowsky's Cardinals blog vivaelbirdos.com hosted what could only be described as a wake.

Read Larry's riff on the "meaninglessness" of sports and fandom here.

Then jump back to the comments thread that accompanied yesterday's entry to see how hardcore Cards fans -- these are folks all over the world, many of whom "watch" the Redbirds via mlb.com's "Gameday" and, simultaneously, exchange running commentaries on the game -- shared their grief, amid visits from fans from rival teams, virtually all of whom showed remarkable class.

You can view yesterday's Cardinals' press conference here. And of course, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers umpteen points of view and forums for feedback. An example of the former is Bernie Miklasz' column today. For the latter you need look no further than the opening salvo on the Talk of the Day forum.

-Tom Finkel

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