The Sports Broadcast

A blog about sports broadcasting from the great state of Florida. They report. I decide.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Unfortunate News

Sad news struck the baseball world today with the passing of Ken Caminiti at the too-young age of 41 due to a heart attack. He was one of the best players of the '90s, with his best season coming in 1998 for the Padres in which he was named MVP and led the team to the World Series.

He was plagued by substance abuse problems however, and regardless of the autopsy results it can only be concluded that those problems led to his untimely end. He battled with alcoholism and cocaine abuse, and admitted to taking steroids in his 1998 MVP season. His is an especially sad story since he seemed to embody everything you want young people to aspire to: he gave his all on the field and was a popular clubhouse leader off it. Instead, his life stands as a tragic example of what getting into drugs can do to you.

Two of his former teams are finishing up Game 5 of the NLDS with the Astros pulling away from the Braves late to wrap up their first postseason series win in club history. I want to make some kind of sarcastic remark about the Braves postseason futility, or bring in a tangent and make fun of Yankees' reliever Tom Gordon having blurred vision in his left eye after having it get hit with a champagne cork, but not right now. We'll see about tomorrow.


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