Ramon Borrego is about to enter his second season as the manager of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
He does so with a heavy heart.
Two different tragedies, both that hit close to home, were on the mind of Borrego at the Minnesota Twins Caravan stop in Pensacola last Thursday afternoon.
In November, Ryan Costello was found dead in his hotel room in New Zealand. Costello played part of the 2019 season in Pensacola, and the death of the 23-year-old Twins prospect was confirmed as natural causes.
Less than a month later, a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola left three young military members dead and a city stunned.
Borrego said the news of Costello was hard to digest. He was left speechless upon hearing it. He and the team will keep Costello in their minds throughout the 2020 season.
The team will also wear patches on their jerseys to honor those who lost their lives in the shooting at NAS Pensacola as well as honor the military and first responders.
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