" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

November 30, 2014

63 Not Out?

I was down at Jupiter's Casino yesterday seeing the Tex Perkins tribute show of Johnny Cash's life and musical career called 
The Man in Black when
The 2:30 pm "The Man in Black" show yesterday at Jupiter's Casino.
I saw this paper headline from the daily Telegraph in the Jupiter's newsagentcy -
"63 Not Out"
about the score Phil Hughes was on when he was bowled the ball that would end his life.
I thought about my blogging buddy in the UK who writes a blog titled 
67 Not Out
Opening scene from Forrest Gump
Mike's blog is usually full of stories of inspirational "coincidences" from relatives who feel that they have been sent a message of comfort (usually in the form of a white feather) from someone close who has passed on.
I couldn't help but think how eerie Mike's blog title would have been if Hughesy had of hit one more 4 before that tragic ball was bowled.
But there are always plenty of "what ifs" to ponder when something like this happens.
And nothing can ease the pain of a young man like Phil passing away like that.
Another sobering thought is today would have been Phil's 26th birthday.
Phillip Joel Hughes (30 November 1988 – 27 November 2014)
I raise a glass to you and your test career Phil on this melancholy day and think of all of those "what ifs" that could have been. 
I expect there would be a few white feathers floating around the SCG and other places today, as well.
Phillip Hughes’ 63 runs the new retiring score for junior cricketers as a salute to the fallen hero  
HE will forever be 63 not out. Wearing black armbands, junior cricketers walking out to bat this weekend will be allowed to retire on 63, not the traditional 50, to mark the score Phillip Hughes reached in Tuesday’s Sheffield Shield match before he faced the bouncer which ended his life.


Mike Perry said...

Horrific accident, and a player with such potential.

Yes, 63 Not Out - but I guess that won't mean much to USA readers, who probably don't understand cricket. But as you say there are many 'what if's' in life.

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

Mike,I also saw this news story about a cricket umpire getting hit pretty much in the same spot as Phil and dying just a few days ago.

"An umpire at a cricket match in the Israeli city of Ashdod has died after being hit by a ball.
A batsman's shot struck Hillel Oscar in the neck, possibly after a ricochet from the stumps at his end of the pitch.
The incident comes just two days after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of a head injury caused by being struck by a ball at a match in Sydney."

Mike Perry said...

I missed that second story. Let's hope there are no more. I suppose they are now frantically trying to re-design the helmets.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I hadn't heard about this - like Mike said,we Americans don't know much about cricket. How sad, though.

And when I saw that 63 not out,l I thought immediately of Mike!

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

Phill's funeral was held today.
It was somewhat of a national event with all of the press coverage over here Trish.

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

Mike,I'm surprised no fielders get hit in the head and killed.
When I was a kid I got hit in the kidney with a cricket ball and I really thought I was going to die.It is way more painful than being hit in the nuts (I know how that feels,too).
And the funny thing was I wasn't even playing at the time.I went down to the school nets to talk to my cousin,who was having batting practice and when I was walking away he slammed me in the back with a massive shot (not that he meant to...I hope ;-) and I dropped to the ground in agony.