WORCESTER — WooSox supervisor Chad Tracy remembers exactly exactly where he was when he obtained a mobile phone contact that his most effective buddy dedicated suicide.
It was Tracy’s 2nd period of pro ball, and he was leaving the Texas Rangers’ spring coaching facility in Arizona. He was driving down the freeway around the Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark when he discovered Cyrus Allizadeh passed away of self-strangulation.
Tracy nearly drove off the road in disbelief.
Allizadeh was a 22-yr-previous senior at UC Berkeley and only a pair of months from earning his diploma. The close friends spoke only a handful of times ahead of Allizadeh took his own daily life on March 16, 2008.
Allizadeh was setting up a trip following graduation to visit Tracy on the highway at Course-A Bakersfield. Tracy experienced no strategy his friend was having difficulties.
“There are possibly far more men and women out there than a lot of assume that has knowledgeable some form of relationship with any individual who has gone via that,” Tracy said.
Since Could is Mental Health and fitness Awareness Month, the WooSox honored the American Basis for Suicide Avoidance prior to Friday’s match at Polar Park.
The WooSox identified Jessica Van Der Stad, Laura VanVoorhis and Jessika Zequeira, who will host the Central Mass. Out of the Darkness Group Walk on Sept. 17 at Polar Park.
Tracy sat in his office previously in the day and recalled his friend’s outgoing persona, and larger-than-daily life persona.
‘A pretty tricky time’
“Not only was it a very difficult time for his family members, but he was my ideal mate,” Tracy explained. “For people of us who understood him well, yrs soon after that, and what individuals went by means of, I still think about him every single day.”
There is not a day that goes by Tracy doesn’t assume if he could have observed the signs, or said a thing to aid Allizadeh.
“When that transpired, it was so out of still left subject, I experienced no concept. It was like, ‘You’re kidding me’ when I got that get in touch with,” Tracy said. “You just by no means know what men and women are going via, and when you see people today who are maybe down in the dumps, often a pleasant arm all-around them could possibly go a prolonged way.”
Tracy moved to California when he was a sophomore in superior school simply because his father was functioning for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tracy satisfied Allizadeh, and they grew to become greatest friends, both equally on and off the industry.
Due to the fact he has a personal practical experience with suicide, Tracy has a message for these working with psychological-wellness problems.
“Reach out for aid. Never be scared,” he stated. “I think a ton of the stigma is likely ‘Should I be ashamed for achieving out?’ I feel there are a ton of persons who go as a result of a lot of points, and if you’re going by way of a thing, in no way is it a negative issue to attain out to anyone for help. I would encourage individuals to do that, simply because there is any individual who is prepared to aid you.”
As a minimal league manager, section of Tracy’s career is to deal with many diverse personalities in the clubhouse and on the industry. He has learned to read through players’ overall body language, and due to the fact his mate passed absent, Tracy mentioned he’s much more inform to specific conditions.
“You see a little something heading on, and it’s not necessarily you operate up and say, ‘Hey, you’ve obtained to simply call this sizzling line.’ Just be there for any person, and glow some mild on somebody’s working day,” Tracy reported. “You just never know, and it could possibly do the trick. I seemed at issues in a really unique perspective right after that transpired.”
Tracy needs his wife and youngsters could have fulfilled Allizadeh.
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This write-up originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: ‘Reach out for help’ – WooSox supervisor Chad Tracy advises throughout Psychological Wellness Awareness Thirty day period