Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery in Minnesota sometime in the next few weeks, he announced Tuesday.
Gardenhire, hired last November to serve as bench coach for new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, will take a leave of absence from his new team in order to begin treatment. Gardenhire, who intends to keep coaching until having surgery, probably in mid-April, broke the news in a clubhouse meeting with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday morning.
The 59-year-old Gardenhire was diagnosed earlier this month after a blood test taken during a physical exam revealed the possibility of cancer. A follow-up MRI confirmed the diagnosis. His surgery will be performed after several weeks of preparation, Gardenhire said, by Dr. Williams Utz in Minneapolis.
The cancer was caught early, Gardenhire told the D-Backs, and his prognosis is good. Doctors have told him follow-up chemotherapy will likely not be necessary, and it’s possible he could return to his new team six weeks after the procedure.
Go get ‘em, Gardy.
Posted: February 14, 2017 at 03:20 PM | 4 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Very sad news out of Iowa…
Jen Garcia first made headlines during the August series when her on-camera interview with ESPN’s Jaymee Sire was interrupted as her son, JT, hit a home run. She and some other parents traveled to South Williamsport, Penn., to watch the boys on Johnston’s Midwest champion Little League team play.
Sire was mid-sentence, asking a question about the bracelets the boys wear in Garcia’s honor, when JT’s metal bat connected with the ball — ping! The ball sailed over the center field fence, giving Johnston a 4-1 lead over the West champions from California. They would go on to win 5-1.
The interview came to an immediate stop as Garcia and the Johnston faithful celebrated.
“Wow, to be caught on camera. That was amazing,” she said.
Before the celebratory moment, the pair had been discussing how her son’s teammates have bonded and supported the family during her illness.
“It was very important for me to make the trip and be able to watch the entire team play,” Garcia said. “They have really come together and become a family.”
The Little League organization offered their sympathy Tuesday afternoon, just after hearing news of Garcia’s passing.
May her memory be for a blessing.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Adam Rosales knew the ball was going out, and he knew how to celebrate the home run—with a tribute to his mourning teammate.
Rosales’ homer in the second inning was a small highlight in an otherwise tough day for San Diego. The Padres played with heavy hearts a day after Yangervis Solarte lost his wife, Yuliett, to cancer.
The 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday was the least of their worries….
Rosales paid tribute to his teammate with a jump and a clap at home plate after his homer, mimicking Solarte’s home run celebration.
for his generous support.
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