The first time I met Shannon Forde, I was losing my mind I was so nervous. It was my first time in a major league dugout, and I felt like a freak. The bullpen catcher had just stopped talking to me, mid-sentence, and walked down the length of the empty dugout to sit down by himself. Away from me. I was alone. So, so alone.
But there was Shannon Forde, Mets media relations staffer extraordinaire, smiling, laughing, and ready to talk to me. She had a million things to do before first pitch, but she gave me a few minutes of her time, and by doing so, let me know that I'd be all right. That I belonged. Minutes later, I was chatting with Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens and haven't looked back. So I have Shannon to thank for not feeling so alone or out-of-place when I enter a clubhouse these days. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
And so we have to help Shannon feel a little bit less alone today. Shannon was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in August. She continues to work full time but is getting treatment for a disease that has spread—she has a tough fight in front of her. Let's give her our smiles, our best wishes, and any help we can offer. Because she'd do the same for us.
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