Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Why the loss of Darren Daulton hurts so much

It's hard to get Philly sports fans to agree on anything.

Just tune in to the city's sports talk radio stations for any amount of time if you want proof.

Except yesterday.

The Philadelphia sports community joined hands with fans yesterday to profess this:

We loved Darren Daulton.

The All-Star catcher and leader of the Phillies 1993 World Series team passed away Sunday night after battling brain cancer for several years.

Daulton beat nine surgeries on his gimpy knees. But he couldn't win this fight against cancer.

Fans, friends and teammates showered Daulton with praise yesterday, remembering a player who seemed to define the word 'leader' more than perhaps any athlete who ever donned a uniform in Philly.

Former teammate and Phils' pitcher Tommy Greene maybe said it best:

"He was a man's man ... and a woman's dream."

Yes, Daulton had more than his share of female fans. He was that ruggedly handsome.

But guys were drawn to him as well.

A lot of pro athletes let it go to their head, "big-timing" fans along the way.

Not Daulton. He never met a person he didn't like, or would not chat with, or sign an autograph for, or perhaps pose for a picture with. In our lead sports column today, Rob Parent puts it perfectly.

We lost a friend.

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