The St. Louis Cardinals will be wearing patches to honor Oscar Taveras this season, but some people question if they should. The controversy surrounding the patch is the way the last few hours of Oscar’s life went. As we all know, toxicology reports showed that his blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit at the time of his fatal crash. What’s even worse is the fact that his 18 year old girlfriend was also killed. So is the death of Oscar Taveras a tragedy, or should he be looked at as a murderer?
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Personally I think it’s awful that people are truly upset about the Cardinals wearing a patch in OT’s honor. Sure there are some sketchy circumstances in his fatal crash but it still doesn’t change the fact that a 22 year old with a huge upside was killed. He’s young, young people make mistakes. It’s unfortunate that this was a mistake he can never take back. We should be thinking about two innocent, young lives being taken away rather than looking at one of them as a murderer.
I see no problem with the Cardinals wearing a patch in OT’s honor, I think it’d be a shame if they didn’t. Like I said, the circumstances around it are very unfortunate, but that should not be the focus. Two lives were taken way too early, and that is something that can never be taken back.
If you’d like to read more on the patch debate, you can read Daniel Solzman’s report here.