Matheny releases statement on Taveras tragedy

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Since the day he took over as manager of the Cardinals, Mike Matheny has asked for his players to buy into the team as a family. He considers each player, each coach as a member of his family, and that is why you’ll find his words below so poignant and powerful. This is a manager who, like so many others in the Cardinals family, is hurting very deeply.

Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak are traveling to the Dominican Republic today to visit the Taveras family and represent the organization at a Wednesday funeral service.

Here is Matheny’s statement:

“I was asked last night to give some words regarding the tragic death of Oscar Taveras, but I just simply couldn’t.

“First of all, it felt like a bad dream that could not be real, and when reality kicked in, my words didn’t even seem to make sense. To say this is a horrible loss of a life ended too soon would be an understatement. To talk about the potential of his abilities seemed to be untimely. All I wanted to do was get the guys together and be with our baseball family.  I know the hurt that comes along with buying into the brotherhood of a baseball team. That hurt is just as powerful as the joys that come with this life. Not to say it is even close to the depth of pain his true family is going through, but the pain itself is just as real. The ache is deep because the relationships were deep, and forged through time and trials.

“To the many fans who have already reached out with condolences, and to the many more who are in mourning, thank you for taking these players in, like they are one of your own. This level of care is what sets our fans apart.

“In my opinion, the word “love” is the most misused, and misunderstood word in the English language. It is not popular for men to use this word, and even less popular for athletes. But, there is not a more accurate word for how a group of men share a deep and genuine concern for each other. We loved Oscar, and he loved us. That is what a team does, that is what a family does. You will be missed, Oscar.”

1 Comment

Coach Matheny
I would like to thank you for the most impactful words I’ve read since Oscar’s passing. Your description of the St. Louis Cardinals is exactly why I’ve been an avid fan for 30 years +. Your love for each other and the love so many of your teammates show for Christ is simply beautiful and appreciated in a world that seems to becoming more void of it! Thanks again, in His mighty love, Julie Benbow, Traverse City, Mi

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