The Indians announced today that the twin 4-year-old daughters of infielder Mike Aviles will throw ceremonial first pitches tonight at Progressive Field before the Yankees-Indians game.
This is notable in that one of the twins, Adriana Aviles — the other is her sister Maiya — was diagnosed with leukemia in May and is being treated at Cleveland Clinic. We’ve noted several instances of how this has impacted Mike Aviles this year and how the Indians, their management and players have been doing a fantastic job in supporting and accommodating them this year.
In late May, Aviles’ teammates shaved their heads in support them. In early June, Tribe owner Paul Dolan did the same thing, letting Aviles shave his head. Last month, when a lot of teams were showing interest in Aviles at the trade deadline, Dolan made it clear that they would not trade Aviles, even if it made sense for the team, because he didn’t want to disrupt the family as Adriana undergoes treatment in Cleveland.
It’ll be a nice scene tonight.
Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.
Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:
Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter. At this time, any comment would be premature.”
The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.
Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.
UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: