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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

DMR: Mother of Johnston Little League player dies from cancer

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

Padres honor Yangervis Solarte’s late wife during loss to Rockies

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.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Andrew Lambo has surgery for testicular cancer

#### cancer.

Outfielder Andrew Lambo, who was on the Oakland Athletics’ Opening Day roster and played in one game after being claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, is recovering after undergoing surgery last week for testicular cancer.

Lambo, 27, was experiencing discomfort while playing for Triple-A Nashville, was diagnosed and had the procedure at the Vanderbilt University Urology Clinic, the team said Tuesday.

Lambo, who has been placed on the seven-day disabled list, tweeted Tuesday night to thank fans for their support.

“I let Andrew know that his health is of the utmost importance to us and that the A’s will assist him in any way possible through his treatment and recovery process,” A’s general manager David Forst said in a statement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 4 comment(s)
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