(original photograph by twoeightnine)


Many of you sent nice emails/tweets/comments to veterans and fallen servicemen for Memorial Day, and I’d like to take a moment to thank those who shared their appreciation. Personally, Memorial Day is always a more subdued affair than Veterans Day for me: it belongs less to the lucky survivors than to the men and women who have died in the line of duty. It’s a chance for me to remember young Marine lieutenants like John Wilt, Brian McPhillips, and Andy Stern, each of whom was smarter and more proficient than I was. Chance, circumstance, and the unforgiving nature of hot steel are the only reasons they’re memories while I get to be some jackass typing on a laptop.

One such person to remember is John Glaser, a Kansas firefighter and former Marine who recently died in a burning building, leaving behind a wife and two children. You can read more about his story here, and Joe Posnanski also wrote about Glaser. If you want to donate to the John Glaser Memorial Fund, you can do so at any Bank of America branch, or mail it to the following address:

Bank of America
175 Clairborne Road
Olathe, KS, 66062

One last note while I’m rambling on about the military (hey, it’s the off-season — it’s this or nothing): Dan Lamothe, who used to write the sports blog Red Sox Monster, is presently in Afghanistan writing a blog called Battle Rattle as an embedded journalist for the Marine Times. He is probably the only blogger on the planet of whom I’m jealous. Just last week, he took a picture of a Marine gunnery sergeant who has a tattoo of Sarah Palin on his ass:

That is a sweet gig you’ve got, Dan. And probably safer than interacting with Red Sox fans.