Baseball lost one of its future stars Sunday. The Dominican Republic lost one of its favorite sons.
Oscar Taveras, the vibrant Cardinals top outfield prospect, and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, 18, were killed in a Sunday afternoon car accident near his home on the Caribbean island. He was 22.
Taveras opened his big league career with a home run as rain poured down on Busch Stadium in St. Louis. His teammates greeted him in the dugout with high-fives and back-pats. As fans roared for the young Dominican player, he ran the steps up out of the dugout, turned to them and waved for his first curtain call.
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