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Reaction from around the league over tragic passing of Oscar Taveras

Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, were killed in a car accident October 26, 2014 in the Dominican Republic. Cardinal Nation and baseball fans everywhere collectively mourned.

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"Of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'"
- John Whittier

Everything I think of to say just seems meaningless and insignificant, so I shall just let Whittier say it for me. Oscar Taveras was an outstanding baseball talent, a person's whose career many of us were looking forward to. But more importantly, he was a son, a father, a friend, and a teammate. He was twenty-two years old with his whole life ahead of him, and he was taken too soon. An outpouring of thoughts and condolences were expressed on Twitter and around the web.

The last conversation I had about Taveras ended with me saying "Just you wait". Baseball has always been beautiful, but cruel, causing so much joy in the triumphs of victory, and so much pain in the bitterness of defeat. Sometimes that pain extends beyond the foul lines and reminds us just how unimportant a game really is. On October 26, it was the cold, harsh realities of life colliding with the game we love, the game that introduced us to Oscar Taveras, to deliver this sickening blow.

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Remembering Oscar,

Oscar's last tweet:

No, Oscar. Thank you.