St. Louis, MO (KTVI) — Cardinal Nation is in shock Monday morning after rising star Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident. It happened in the Dominican Republic, Taveras’ native country.
The memorial started Sunday night outside of Busch Stadium and is continuing to grow. There are hats, baseballs and many words of condolences after the tragic crash that killed the cardinals 22-year-old outfielder.
The deadly crash took place about 200 miles north of Santo Domingo. Authorities say Taveras lost control of the car and slid during a heavy rain.
The Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak issued a statement stating, “I simply can`t believe it. I first met Oscar when he was 16-years-old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”
Taveras was considered the Cardinals best prospect since Albert Pujols.
In his first big league game this past May, he hit a home run against the Giants. The Cardinals signed taveras back in 2008 when he was just 16. He had a steady rise through the big leagues until that dazzling debut in May.
Although his bat cooled as the season went on, he hit a game tying pinch hit home run in game two of the NLCS against the Giants that helped the cardinals win their only game of that series.