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Chad Cordero back in baseball after losing daughter to SIDS

Mar 21, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

Chad Cordero

Barry Svrluga wrote a beautiful and heartbreaking piece for the Washington Post about Chad Cordero, who is attempting to keep his career afloat with the Blue Jays after losing his daughter Tehya to SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, in December.

He is shaken now. There are times during spring training when he heads to a bathroom stall at the Blue Jays’ complex, closing the door to cry. There will be times ahead — on a plane, on a bus — when he won’t be able to hold back.

“I’m gonna lose it,” he said. “I know it’s gonna happen.”

But there are things the Corderos want people to know: how Tehya smiled from her first days, how her dark hair covered her head, how Riley kissed her. They can smile at that. But just because the full-on, physically crippling breakdowns happen less frequently now — no longer round the clock, maybe not even every day — this remains impossibly difficult.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve had children or not. This piece will make you want to tell the important people in your life that you love them.

We’re all rooting for you, Chad.

  1. Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    I can’t even begin to fathom what it would be like to lose my son. Thoughts and prayers to Chad Cordero and the Cordero family in this incredibly difficult time. I hope they can find some kind of peace somewhere—whether it’s through religion or something else. Especially with SIDS, which has no known cause or remedy. Good luck, Chad. We’re pulling for you.

  2. cur68 - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    I’m pretty lucky. In my work life I get to win WAY more than I lose. The trouble is all I can remember are the losses. Most of us are like that. And I know from bitter experience there are no words or phrases that will ease such a thing. What words are there? No one I know gets used to a loss like this. Time will pass and your sorrow becomes more a part of you, like a bad scar, and the loss becomes more like a deep lingering pain than the sudden sharp hurt of when it is fresh. I hope that in time he and his family find some peace. Good luck to them all.

  3. jetersusedjersey - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    I lost my precious little Katie 11 years ago to SIDS. I still cry almost daily missing her. I will always miss her. My heart goes out to Chad and his family.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      Who the hell would give that a thumbs down?, let alone two poeple?

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