Philadelphia Phillies defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1

Unfortunately, I'd seen this unnerving scene before.

Nearly 18 years ago inside a hushed domed football stadium in suburban Detroit, I sat high above the playing field as a giant of a man named Mike Utley, 6 feet 5 and over 300 pounds, lay motionless on his back. He was unable to move. He was unable to feel any sensations in his legs. He was strapped to the back of a flatbed golf cart, his sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae damaged beyond repair.

As the golf cart slow...

Any concerns about what was happening in the game Monday vanished as soon as Rick Ankiel crashed into the center-field wall and his teammates raced to where he lay motionless.

Outfielder Chris Duncan was the first to reach Ankiel after the center fielder's eighth-inning catch sent him headlong into the padded wall at Busch Stadium. The force of Ankiel's forehead- and cheek-first ramming into the wall was enough to bend the brim of his cap into a V-shape. Duncan said Ank...