Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has lost his Malibu home to the wildfires spreading throughout California. But the good news is that his family is safe. And he understands how fortunate is he to be able to say that.
“Our family is good,” Kapler told Matt Gelb of The Athletic on Monday. “There are a lot of other families who are not.”
By the latest count, 31 people have lost their lives to the fires. Additionally, 300,000-plus are without a home. More than half of them live in the Los Angeles area. Going forward, Kapler just wants people to talk to each other about it. He wants the community to come together and become stronger.
“When you’re out in your community, talk about it with other people,” Kapler adds. “Use it as a way to come together. I sent this text message back to people: Talk about it. Shine light on it. Raise awareness. Feel it.”
We don’t know when these fires will slow down, of course. In the meantime, we can all try to do something to help. Philadelphia’s manager also sent out this tweet Saturday night asking people to donate if they could.
Once again, this is an instance where sports don’t feel all that important.