Teammates, fellow players share Taveras condolences on Twitter
ST. LOUIS — The World Series carried on, but mixed in the social media reporting of Game 5 were dozens of teammates and fellow players offering their condolences upon the death of Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras.
The Cardinals released a statement about an hour after reports surfaced that Taveras and his girlfriend had been killed in a car wreck in the Dominican Republic.
"We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. "Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight."
Said general manager John Mozeliak: "I simply can’t believe it. I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest."
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! #RIPOscarTaveras
— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) October 27, 2014
Tragic news about oscar and girlfriend. Prayers for both families. His influence on his teammates and the organization won't be forgotten.
— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) October 27, 2014
So sad to hear about Oscar. My prayers go out to his family. In complete shock.. So sad.. Life isn't fair
— Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) October 27, 2014
— Sam Tuivailala (@Stuivailala) October 27, 2014
Last 30 minutes I've been sick to my stomach. Keep thinking about Oscar's big smile in the dugout whenever we made a big play/got a big hit
— Pat Neshek (@PatNeshek) October 27, 2014
Wow.. Thoughts and Prayers out to Oscar and his girlfriend's families. Such a fun player to watch and play with.. #RIPOscarTaveras
— Zach Petrick (@Zach_Petrick) October 27, 2014
RIP Oscar. Speechless. Such a good all around person.. #RIPOscarTaveras
— Rob Kaminsky (@Kaminsky21) October 27, 2014
Wow that is so sad and just terrible. Rest in peace Oscar. You Will be Missed.
— Joseph Kelly Jr. (@JosephKellyJr) October 27, 2014
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) October 27, 2014
Life is so Precious! Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Oscar Taveras..Kid was an absolute stud! #CardinalsNation
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 27, 2014
My condolences to the @Cardinals and the family of Oscar Tavares and his girlfriend.So terrible and heartbreaking.He had incredible talent.
— Jonathan Lucroy (@JLucroy20) October 27, 2014