As you may have heard, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead in his hotel room this morning
, and while no cause is yet known, the police are saying that he died in his sleep and are assuming natural causes (though I'm not sure what natural causes would be in the death of a 33-year-old athlete). I first heard the news during the FOX broadcast of today's Yankees/Padres game, and it's obviously a shocking, terrible story, especially since he's married with three young children. It's unfortunate that this is getting lumped together with Jack Buck's passing in the "another Cardinal tragedy" category, since there's a huge difference between this situatIon and the passing of a 77-year-old man who had been hospitalized for six months, beloved as that man may be.
Anyway, not too long after the announcement, one of the Padres got his first major-league hit, which prompted a discussion among the broadcasters about their first hits. And out of the thousands of pichers in baseball history, who was Steve Lyons' first hit was off of? "Donnie Moore
!" he answered excitedly. About ten seconds of uncomfortable silence followed the mention of the former Angels closer who shot and killed himself less than three years after his blown save in the deciding game of the 1986 AL Championship Series.