Our thoughts are with the fans and players of the St. Louis Cardinals, as it was confirmed yesterday Oscar Taveras — a rising star on the team — died yesterday, Oct. 26, in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.
The 22-year-old was driving when he lost control of the vehicle and the car went off the road, a representative for the team confirmed. The passenger in the car, his girlfriend, also died in the crash.
Officials are continuing to investigate the cause of the wreck, though local police suspect rainy conditions may have played a part.
One of his teammates, Kolten Wong, took to Twitter to express his sympathies.
“Wow! My heart truly hurts to hear the passing of Oscar! I’ve played with him every year and we truly lost a great person!” he tweeted. “RIP you will be missed buddy.”
RIP you will be missed buddy pic.twitter.com/9svYttuPDo— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) October 27, 2014
RIP you will be missed buddy pic.twitter.com/9svYttuPDo
Jon Jay one of the Cardinals who was closest with Oscar, also shared his thoughts on the late outfielder.
“I am going to always remember how much he really did love the game,” he told MLB. “You would see his expressions out there, the smile. It’s just sad to see someone who had so much potential leave us so soon.”
Rest in peace, Oscar.