Continuing to remember the life of Oscar Taveras
Three days after a car accident took the life of 22-year-old Oscar Taveras and his 18-year-old girlfriend, several communities continue to mourn his loss. For those who may not have seen the following stories/photos/remembrances over the past 24 hours, here is a recap of some of the recent coverage:
- MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez traveled to the Dominican Republic, where he joined a community mourning over its lost son. Here is Sanchez’s story of Taveras’ funeral and the outpouring of emotion in Taveras’ hometown. Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez and Taveras’ father, Francisco, were among those who talked with Sanchez.
- As darkness came over St. Louis on Tuesday, bright lights shined over right field at Busch Stadium.
- The World Series paused to remember Taveras before Game 6.
- Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura dedicated his dominant Game 6 start to his late friend, Taveras. Ventura’s hat, on which he wrote ‘RIP OT #18’ is headed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- On today’s podcast, national reporter Anthony Castrovince and I talked at length about Taveras’ life and the impact his death will leave on the Cardinals organization.
On an aside, I have gotten a lot of questions about plans the Cardinals may have to honor Taveras locally in St. Louis. Those have not yet been announced, though I’m told the organization is working on something. As soon as that information is made public, I will pass it along.
Over the last few days, I’ve taken some time to go back and read some of the stories on/watched some clips of Taveras — his potential, his arrival, his biggest hits and what we thought would be his future — as a way to remember not just the sadness that is, but the smiles that were. If you’d like to take that journey back in time, too, here are some recommended links:
- Remember the time Taveras was referred to as Minor League guy on a Spring Training telecast?
- From Spring Training 2013: How the Cardinals found Taveras and made sure they didn’t lose him.
- Taveras announced his arrival in St. Louis with a home run in his Major League debut. And afterward, all he could say was how happy he was to be there.
- He drew a curtain call in his final at-bat at Busch Stadium with the biggest hit of his career — a game-tying, pinch-hit home run in Game 2 of the NLCS.
- Just six days before the accident, as he spoke about the Cardinals’ right field plans for 2015, manager Mike Matheny said of Taveras: “I think he can be a star.”
And though it wasn’t published at the time, here is Taveras speaking about his future in one of his final interviews: “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future or tomorrow. I’m going to keep working hard and we’ll see what happens. I want to be ready for any opportunity I get, for my manager and for the organization and do everything I can to win the games.”
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