Over the course of the past 16 years doing commentary on air and in print, there have sadly been many mass shootings and many predictable politicized reactions.
The shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, however, stands out for two main reasons.
It involved race, and it was done it a church.
The Cardinals begin a eight-game road trip tonight that takes them up to the All-Star break. The Cards open a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field tonight. John Lackey puts his 6-and-5 mark up against Chicago's Jon Lester, who is 4-and-6. First pitch is at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Cards also play four at Pittsburgh on this trip.