This was the news we feared, confirming the worries of teammates, friends, and peers in baseball, that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ toxicology report could be disturbing.
Still, the news hit hard Friday.
Fentanyl. Oxycodone. Alcohol.
It was all found in Skaggs’ system.
This wasn’t a blood clot, stroke or heart attack.
It was simply an overdose, with his life ending when he choked on his own vomit.
It was a horrific tragedy Skaggs was found dead on July 1 in Dallas.
It’s still a horrific tragedy today.
The heartbreak for the Skaggs family, his teammates and friends, is knowing that those sentiments and feelings expressed for Skaggs at the time of his death, may dramatically change now.
There is less compassion and sympathy, and the condolences disappear.
It’s the way our society operates.
The Miami Marlins grieved and talked about building a statue and retiring Jose Fernandez’s uniform number when he was killed Sept. 25, 2016, in a boating accident near Miami.
Those plans were halted when the autopsy report a month later revealed cocaine and a blood alcohol content of .147 was found in his system, with two friends, Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, also being killed.
The St. Louis Cardinals and baseball world mourned when 22-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo was killed Oct. 27, 2014, in a car crash. Two weeks later, the sympathy waned when toxicology reports revealed his blood alcohol level was .284, more than five times the legal limit in the Dominican Republic.