Something really sad happened over the weekend and it was incredibly shocking news. Pedro Gomez died. If you are reading this site, I imagine you grew up a sports fan and if you grew up a sports fan, especially during 2000-2015, you probably were obsessed with watching Sportscenter the second you woke up in the morning.
It was seriously a ritual that could not be beat. I used to wake up from school early just so I could see Top 10 or hear the latest updates. A big part of that ESPN crew during that time was Pedro Gomez. He was the fun loving baseball reporter that gave quality reports while also wowing us through culture. I loved the baseball guys of ESPN, especially the Baseball Tonight crew. There was no beating the cast of Karl Ravech, Buster Olney, Pedro Gomez, Jayson Stark, and Tim Kurkijan.
That’s what I was gutted when I learned that Pedro Gomez passed away. Each one of those guys listed above, as well as a slew of others is one of the big reasons why I wanted to work in sports. They made the job seem so fun and it really felt like they lived the best life. So that is exactly what I did. I went to school and I studied sports journalism. I just happened to go to the school that was in Pedro’s backyard.
That meant that he was a staple in the hallways. He was always lecturing a class or being asked to be a guest speaker. The first time I saw him in the building I was totally stastruck. I actually couldn’t believe I was seeing Pedro Gomez. The last time I saw him in the building, that excitement was still present but it was no surprise that he was giving his time to come and talk to students.
Pedro was a huge role in going through college, working in a Major League clubhouse, graduating, and then telling stories in my first professional market. Pedro is a huge reason why I am sticking with this profession and striving to be great. He was the ultimate mentor and professional. The stories we have seen about him over the past few days have been outstanding.
Remembering about how much he loved his son from the eyes of Jeff Passan has been special.
Hearing about how he stuck up for others, even when dealing with a Hall of Fame manager is not even surprising.
And maybe, my favorite of them all is learning that he was truly the ultimate friend, even if it was with a stranger in a bar who he had a gift for.
Pedro Gomez was much more than the guy who appeared in the Arizona Republic, or even the guy who delivered us entertaining baseball reports, sometimes even in Spanish. He was a fantastic human being and it is sad that he is gone now because there aren’t enough people in the world like him. We will miss you, Pedro.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com