The first thing I thought of was “Wow, the Cardinals lost a great young outfielder.” Then I realized that a 22 year old died, and that’s far more important, and I had to check myself.
Oscar Taveras, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, died tonight in a car crash.
People might think of Taveras as a baseball player first and foremost in this situation, which was a mistake I made, but we need to remember that this kid just lost his life at the age when most people in this country are trying to get their first real job, or when their life “really starts” according to so many. This is a tragedy any way you slice it, and, it would only be right that MLB honor him immediately at the 7th inning stretch of tonight’s game. (As I write this, the game is in the Bottom 5th.)