Amid the tragedy in Arizona, a Phillies patriarch loses a loved one
It was the first I had heard of the Phillies connection to Saturday's horrific tragedy in Arizona. Among the people shot outside a grocery store in Tucson, where congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was speaking, was a nine-year-old girl.
Her name was Christina-Taylor Green. She was the granddaughter of former Phillies World Series-winning manager and current front office executive Dallas Green.
Phillies team president David Montgomery issued this statement this morning:
"The Phillies organization expresses our heartfelt condolences to Dallas and Sylvia and the entire Green family on the senseless, tragic loss of Christina's life. She was a talented young girl with a bright promising future. Her untimely death weighs heavily on our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by yesterday's horrific shooting."
Christina-Taylor Green was one of two grandchildren Dallas had through his son, John. Christina-Taylor Green had an 11-year-old brother named Dallas.
Born on September 11, 2001, Christina-Taylor Green was very aware of the place in history that was her birth date. According to the Arizona Daily Star, it was her interest in politics that drew her to Saturday's event, when she hoped to meet Congresswoman Giffords.
Christina-Taylor Green had recently been elected to the student council at her school.
"She was a good speaker. I could have easily seen her as a politician," her father told the Daily Star.
Like her grandfather Dallas, Christina-Taylor Green was also into baseball. She played second base and was the only girl on her Little League team.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Dallas, the entire Green family, the Phillies and everyone unfortunately touched by Saturday's tragedy.