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I read the Seattle Times everyday during my morning commute via the link-light rail. I wasn’t quite prepared for the story I found on the front page of the sports section – definitely needed tissue I didn’t have!
It was all about Jose and the promise he made at his sister’s funeral – that he would hit 20 home runs this season in her honor.
Being an only child, I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose a sibling – and Jose has now lost two. His brother died in an auto accident during the season last year and, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get there for the funeral.
I knew that he had lost his sister to cancer earlier this season. I remember when he left the team to go to the funeral and be with his family in Venezuela (at about the same time Rob lost his mother-in-law and Russell lost his grandfather). What I didn’t know was how very close he was to his sister. From the article, it sounds as if she was more like a mother to him during his childhood and a best friend in adulthood.
In any case, it was a very moving story…
I’m so glad he can take comfort in the fact that he’s honored his sister’s memory by working hard and having a fabulous season.
Here’s to many more, Jose!!
|JIM BATES / THE SEATTLE TIMES|