The Cardinals offer condolences to the family of Oscar Taveras, the 22-year-old Cardinals outfielder who was killed in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. All fans are invited to use this guestbook blog to share their condolences and memories of Oscar as well.

Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals“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.”

“I simply can’t believe it,” said John Mozeliak, Sr. VP & GM of the Cardinals. “I first met Oscar when he was sixteen 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.”

The team will provide additional information on funeral arrangements at a later time. Please share your condolences and memories in the comments below.

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I couldn’t believe the news about Oscar and his girlfriends death. I was sadden and heart broke for the families and the Cardinal family and fans. We will miss Oscar’s smile and just being a great guy. You and your girlfriend family will always be in my heart. LOVE YOU OSCAR. RIP

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lifetime cardinals fan here. i was so sad when i heard of oscars passing. i loved him he had alot of potentail and was really promising.

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My prayers go out to Oscar and his girlfriends family.I just know Oscar was destined for greatness.RIP Oscar

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RIP Oscar and prayers for his family and fans.

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You Mary are a very rude person.drunk or not it’s not his families fault.His parents have lost a child.you should never have to bury your child.

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Perhaps they should remove this message that you send. This young man had a life. A life filled with good and some bad. We all have that. But what we saw before the bad was a talent that many could not share. If you are filled with so much hatred toward a human, then perhaps you should consider who you are. How many mistakes have you made in life? I have never drank alcohol, but I would never place evil wishes and speak poorly about someone who made a mistake. No one is perfect! It’s obvious that you aren’t either. I pray that you are not struck with an accident that takes your life or someone dear to you.

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I was very disappointed to hear that Oscar was drunk. This fact has made me lose all respect for him. I offer no condolences as he got what he deserved. The Cardinal organization should remove his number from the website and anywhere in the stadium and uniforms. I will no longer miss him.

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Your inability to recognize extreme tragedy in light of an error saddens me. I hope you find more love in your heart someday.

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Well put.

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Oscar was gifted and young and like many young people, he used poor judgment. We’ve all made poor decisions but most of us lived to learn have the chance to learn from them. It’s a shame you can’t recognize this was both a tragedy AND a stupid decision. The one doesn’t negate the other.

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I agree with your remark. He was told many times.He thought he knew it all. He rubbed a great deal of his teammates the wrong way.In my opinion, he would have never lived up to the hype. Very, Very immature kid!!

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We love you, Oscar!

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There was only one “Stan the Man.” Could there have been another one? It might have been Oscar. How tragic. As a Mets fan, my heart goes out to Cardinal nation and Oscar’s family.

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TO AN ATHLETE DYING YOUNG by Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before the echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.

And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

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Can’t believe our gone u were going too be a great cardinal for many years gone but not forgotten

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My deepest sympathy is extended to Oscars Family and the St. Louis Cardinals on
Oscars death. What a shock that was!
Sincerely,
Mary Ann Blanke
St. Louis Cardinal Fan

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Im George a Yankees fan that normally follows the minor leagues,and Ive knowned about Oscar since he was in A ball,when he hit 386…It broke my heart that he losed his life in such a tragic way,My condoloces go out to the Classy St.Louis Cardinals Organization,to his Parents and to the St.Louis Cardinals fans..God bless you Oscar,may the Lord Jesus Christ receive you with open arms in his great and extraodinary kingdome..

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That was a very classy post, George. As a long time Cards fan I am so saddened over his death also. Thank you.

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Its still hard to believe that such a bright up-incoming talent is gone way too soon. I’m sure he would have become one of the greats to play the game. But he’s now getting the chance to play baseball in heaven, and having Jack Buck call all his home runs that he’ll be hitting from now on. Heaven truly has a great young man now and our stars and sun will shine brighter just by having his smile up there and looking down at all of us. To his family my heart breaks for you and wishing you the most heartfelt sypathy that I can send your way.
Rest in peace #18!!!!!

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Taveras family, I have been a St Louis Cardinals fan al my life, 57 yrs. Many unfortunate things have happened to personal with them but to see a young up coming good guy like your son is truly heart breaking. Would have loved to see in in that uniform for a long time. He seemed like just a good hard working man. RIP.

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If…..there’s that huge word again. Can’t get my head wrapped around the idea he’s gone……If!!

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I was very saddened when i heard this tragic news. My deepest sympathy to Taveras’ family and friends. as well as everyone in the cardinals organization .. i have been a lifetime die hard cardinals fan. And i was so excited to finally be able to watch this fine young man play. Definitely a life taken too soon. You will be missed Oscar

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Never forget the goosebumps from the long ball in the rain and the acknowledgement he gave to his Savior with the point of his finger. Homers in heaven Oscar, thank you!

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We all saw an, amazing person, and talent vanish from our lives. My thoughts and prayers to his family and his girlfriends family, cardinals family , god bless

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I want to say something, but I don’t know what to say. I just know I feel the hole. My prayers to the families, including the Cardinals family. May God give peace and comfort to you all.

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prayers to the family of both victims……….too soon, too sad

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Taveras was, like many of the present and former Cardinals, a gem in the making. It’s always so sad to see any person leave this world so early. I hope that we all can appreciate our time here a bit more and I hope that Oscar is in baseball heaven, knocking them out of the clouds! RIP OT#18 :/

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I had the pleasure off watching Oscar in Springfield. GREAT PLAYER He will be missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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A very special young man with such a bright future ahead, soo sad the journey was cut short. We will never forget you Oscar.

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We can all just hope that Oscar is up there playing with Stan, Dizzy, and all the rest of the gang. With the game call by the greatest announcer ever and the pregame “Buck at Bat”. All of Cardinal nation misses you.

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I appreciated having the chance to watch Oscar play several times in Springfield with my two oldest children in 2012. After one of his last games that year Oscar signed a baseball for each of my kids ages 10 and 7. While they understand that Oscar will not be with the team next year they are still proud of their baseballs. At bedtime on the Sunday evening that Oscar died, my kids thought it right on their own to pray for the Taveras family which they did. I am thankful that Oscar took the time after a long night game to come over and visit with my children.

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I was born and raised a Cardinal fan & wouldn’t have it any other way. I remember before Oscar showed up in the Majors all the hype about him and when were the Cardinals going to bring him up and that he should already be up. I remember watching the new and they showed his 1st HR and how excited everyone was. I remember the 1st time that I got to see him on TV and how the broadcasters talked of him and what they were expecting to see from him. Such high expectations for such a young man and a rookie and I could only think of the enthusiasm he brought to the Cardinals and whether he did really good or just good, it was ok. The Cardinals had embraced him, as had the city of St Louis and that’s all that matters when you’re a Cardinal. Oscar was such an awesome addition to the team and seemed to step up when it was necessary, just like any other Cardinal. He was a great fit to a great team. That is how I want to remember Oscar Taveras. A proud young man, going places with the Cardinals, playing in Championship games his 1st year and being such a great example to all those coming up to the Majors. To Mr. and Mrs. Taveras, I know how proud of your son you are and how sad it is for him to be gone so soon in his young life. I cannot explain why things happen, but I’ve always felt that if it was my time, there was nothing I could do about it. I believe he is in such a greater place right now! Playing ball with some of the greatest right now. He’s got fellow Cardinals right beside him to play with; Stan Musial, Josh Hancock, Darryl Kile and Dizzy Dean, to name a few. My prayers are with you and your family and I can only say that Oscar lives on with the Cardinals and in out hearts! Thank you for bringing such a fine, young man into this world and raising him to be such a fine man. God Bless You and Your Family!

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Oscar, I have a picture of you in right field the day you made your debut in St. Louis. I remember how excited everyone was to finally see you at “Baseball Heaven” we never dreamed you’d be gone this soon. I was blessed to be there for your first and last HR at Busch. You will be missed! To Oscar’s family, we can’t begin to feel your grief, but know that we loved your son and will miss him also, not just for how long he could hit a baseballl, but because he was a part of the Cardinals Family that we all claim!

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I watched you play in Springfield and in St Louis you had a beautiful swing and appeared to be a Superstar in the making. I got sick when I first heard you had passed. I wish you young folks would realize that you are not immune to bad things including death happening to you. Too fast in a Camaro can be one of those things. I will miss you deeply as will the Cardinals I am convinced you would have been one of the greatest players ever in baseball. When we spoke in Springfield you were courteous polite and spoke better english than I thought. God Bless you Oscar I hope your life was’nt completely wasted. Good Bye dear friend.

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Oscar, we will miss you, Thanks for your first and last HR, I will always remember that. We love you here and always in Cardinals nation,

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R.I.P Oscar Taveras…You will be missed. #RIPOT

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I have been a Cardinal fan for about 65 years. It is a tragedy that we have lost another Cardinal before his time. My prayers go out to Oscar’s family and his girl friends’ family and their fans. Also, to the Cardinal organization for the loss of their teammates.

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gonna miss that sweet smile and that sweet swing. No doubt in my mond years from now you would have been enshrined onto the HOF. really was looking forward to you growing as a man and a superstar

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I am unable to find words to express my sorrow.

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RIP Oscar. You’re on to bigger and better things.

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you will be missed oscar i have been following you for it seems like forever you were going to be a great baseball player, and you seem like a great man too. Always smiling, and you had one of the prettiest left handed swings in the game. RIP brother.

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I am so sorry about Oscar’s death. I was watching the game the day he got his first hit. Even though he got the hit off my Giants pitcher, I was happy to have witnessed something so special. I remember feeling that he was going to be a spectacular player and that it would be fun to watch his career progress. My heart broke when I heard the news and I will never forget him. Like others have expressed before me, I would gladly trade any championship to have him back. My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved him.

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Taveras family, I’m sure you so proud of Oscar and all he has accomplished and all of the people he touched in such a short time. I hope that you can find some comfort knowing that Oscar touched so many people and meant so much to so many. My son plays baseball and Oscar is his superstar. I know Oscar made a huge impact on my son and I just wanted to say thank you for raising such a wonderful young man. I’m sure that Oscar is now understanding just how many people lives he touched and God is hugging him and saying well done my son.
Regards,
Dave Carlson

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Classy comment by the psycho Giant fan about trading the title. I can’t stop thinking the same thing that if Cards were playing in WS Oscar would still be with us. I’m still sick about this and my heart goes out to his family and his girlfriend’s family.

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Lifelong, psycho Giants fan here. Would gladly trade the 3rd title in 5 years to turn back the clock to the LCS, have Cards win, and have Oscar alive. Doesn’t work that way, unfortunately. So sorry Cards fans, Cards team, Oscar’s family and friends.

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Nice and classy post, Giants Fan. I too wish we could change everything Then Oscar would be at spring training next spring. . But I want to wish you and the rest of the Giants fans, a hearty congratulations.

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