Red Sox announce passing of Blake Swihart’s younger brother
The Boston Red Sox have announced that catcher Blake Swihart’s younger brother, Romell Jordan, has passed away at the age of 23, per a team statement. Swihart has left Red Sox camp in the wake of the family tragedy.
“Jordan, who played running back at the University of New Mexico, was 23 years old,” the statement read. “No details of the death have been released, and the Swihart family has asked the public to respect their privacy.”
The Red Sox earlier on Wednesday indicated a player was dealing with a family emergency but declined to get into specifics, although the team did close the clubhouse. Prior to the team revealing the nature of the situation, Red Sox manager Alex Cora addressed the devastating news.
“We’re gonna have some great days and we’re gonna have some tough days,” Cora said, via the New York Post. “And at the end, we turn the page on whatever happens on the field. And we’re very close. … That’s a special group in there.”
The Red Sox organization had been already reeling due to the recent passing of longtime Boston Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo, who died suddenly last week while covering the team in Fort Myers, Fla.
“Very hard. Just like you guys. It’s not like it wasn’t hard for us but obviously, Nick was closer to you guys so probably the same deal,” Cora told reporters, via WEEI. “We’ll go through our preparation and that group goes up there and we’ll go here. We’ll play the game and be there for each other. It’s going to be a hard day. It’s not going to be a fun day.”
Cora made note of how David Price took to Twitter to make subtle note of the tragedy earlier in the day while stating the team will get through this challenging ordeal.
Through triumph, tragedy, and heartbreak this team/organization sticks together!! @redsox #extendedfamily— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) February 27, 2019
“It’s not easy, honestly. Just start thinking the same things I said last week, same feelings today,” Cora said. “Same feelings. The one thing about the group, I just, David (Price) put it in 150 characters. That’s who we are. That’s how we feel about each other.”