When Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor was found dead (link to story) in a Salt Lake City hotel room during a business trip on April 20, it sent a shock wave through the organization.
Not only was it surprising to see a 48-year-old man in good health pass away at such a young age, but the tragedy of losing a devoted father, husband and friend shook the Rockies to their very foundation.
That included the remaining staff at the Rockies’ extended spring training site in Tucson, Ariz., where players and coaches continue to train, rehab injuries and prepare for their upcoming short seasons in June. Ocasio said that while he wasn’t close to McGregor, he was still stung when he heard the news.
“It was a tough one. We ended up talking to the players and everybody on staff,” Ocasio said. “One of the things we told them is don’t take any day for granted.”