Friday, October 9, 2015


There are certain stories that really make you consider how short life can truly be. The story of Mike Nolan is one of them.

Nolan was a left-handed pitcher in the Oakland A's minor league. He was drafted in the 18th round in 2014, and signed with the A's later that year. He was 23 years old, and his life was brought to an unfortunate and abrupt end.

On September 18th, 2015, Nolan was shot in a drive-by while in Yonkers, NY. He was standing outside of his car when the shooters opened fire, hitting him in the head and torso. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. On October 8th, Nolan was pronounced brain dead. His parents now sit beside him waiting for him to pass on. 

Life is delicate. This young man had a lifetime ahead of him. He has talent and promise, and it was robbed from him. It makes me think of how often we squander opportunities in life. In the great scheme of things, I guess the only things that matter are the opportunities we do take. The ones we make the most of. Nolan was just a kid really. I cannot wrap my mind around any act of violence, but when it claims the life of someone so young, it makes it extremely difficult for me to accept.

To Mike's parents, Jimmy and Donna Nolan, BYB extends our deepest condolences. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. We are so very sorry for your loss.  

-Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer 
Twitter: @e_morales1804

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