Like many, I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of John Brattain.
A while back I wrote that he was one of my favorite writers. That remained true with each piece he wrote at The Hardball Times. John was progressive and witty, and I also felt a little extra connection as he was a Jays fan.
I just read the thoughts of his colleagues and certainly can't top that. But I can offer that his passing made me think about Dion's song.
Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked around and he's gone.
RIP John. We will all miss you.