Blake Swihart’s Younger Brother Dies Unexpectedly
Romell Jordan, the adopted brother of Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning.
Jordan, 23, was taken in by Swihart’s family when he was in high school.
He went on to play football for the University of New Mexico and was a running back for the Lobos.
Swihart was expected to play against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday afternoon, but he left JetBlue Park after getting the news.
The Red Sox canceled Wednesday morning’s media availability due to a "family emergency" involving one of its players.
Alex Cora then held a news conference to address the situation, but the Red Sox manager did not provide specific details about the emergency.
“It’s tough. It’s very tough,” Cora said. “We went through [the death of Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo last week] and now we’re going through this. It’s not easy, honestly."
“It’s not about what happens on the field. It’s the other stuff that happens and we’re going to have some great days and then we’re going to have some tough days. But at the end, we do care about each other.”