Remembering Daniel Webb

Webb pitched in parts of three seasons with the Knights (2013, 2015–16). Photo credit: Laura Wolff.

As a Public Relations Director, I know my role— work with the players during the season and act as the liaison between them and the media. Some players have more media attention than others and I sometimes spend more time with those players because of that reason — but they are all equally important to me.

For 11 seasons, I’ve worked in Minor League Baseball and have been in-and-out of many clubhouses. I try to strike up conversations with the players I meet along the way and I try to get to know as much as I can about the players who come through — but, it’s not that easy.

We all have busy schedules and most of the time, I’m running around like crazy trying to get as much work done as I can on a game day. There are many times when a new player is promoted — or traded for — and I miss an opportunity to welcome them to the team. Plus, I know a players’ time is very valuable and the last thing I want to do is get in their way — especially in the clubhouse.

I always look at it as a privilege to get to know the players. I root for them to do well and I always enjoy seeing their success when they move on to the majors — or to another organization.

Just recently, I found out about the tragic passing of one of our players, Daniel Webb. My heart hurts so much for his family and friends. At just 28 years old, Daniel has been taken away from us way too soon. He had so much more to contribute to this world.

Daniel spent parts of three seasons with the Charlotte Knights (2013, 2015–16) and appeared in a total of 46 games with the team. He was a solid pitcher, but he was an even greater person.

Daniel was someone I enjoyed talking to when I had the chance. Much like me, he was a wrestling fan. In 2015, I brought the Hardy Boys — Matt & Jeff — to BB&T Ballpark. Daniel, who was wearing his Ultimate Warrior shirt, was one of the players who had a chance to spend some time with them.

Jeff Hardy, Daniel Webb, and Matt Hardy at BB&T Ballpark in 2015. Photo credit: Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights.

When I tweeted about Daniel last night, Matt Hardy saw it, and tweeted something back…

There’s so many great things that can be said about Daniel and so many of his former teammates are saying them.

I talked with a number of people within the Charlotte Knights organization who had a chance to know Daniel, too. They all had tremendous things to say about him. He was truly a special person and will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and their family at this time. RIP, Daniel.

More on Daniel’s passing can be found in this story here:

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