Oct 12, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Oscar Taveras (18) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the 7th inning in game two of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
For all its annoyances, social media occasionally redeems itself by reminding us that even our heroes have personal lives and real, human emotions. Such was the case on Sunday after we learned that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras had died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Even though Taveras had just started his Major League career, and even though he played for a bitter rival, several Cincinnati Reds players and personalities took to Twitter to offer their thoughts, prayers and condolences:
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From Manny Parra:
From the Reds:
From Jamie Ramsey, in response to the Reds’ Tweet:
From JJ Hoover:
From Brandon Phillips:
From Tucker Barnhart:
Life and family transcend baseball loyalties, and the sports world today is mourning a young star. Good to see the Reds add their voices to the choir.