Friday, November 23, 2007

The Kennedy name-- a curse?

Breitbart Breaking News

*Just one day after the 44th anniversary of the JFK assassination, an unrelated (as far as I know) Kennedy has died young.*

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Major league pitcher Joe Kennedy died early Friday morning, a Hillsborough County sheriff's official said. He was 28.
Kennedy passed out at home and was brought to a hospital, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. She had no further details.

Kennedy's agent, Damon Lapa, told that Kennedy died while at home with family in Florida. He did not return phone calls and an e- mail from The Associated Press.

"We were terribly shocked," Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said. "From what we understand he was in Bradenton ... to be the best man at a wedding today."

Godfrey said he didn't have any particulars on the cause of death.

"Obviously, when a 28-year-old man dies, ball player or not, it's a terrible, terrible thing," he said.

The left-hander was 43-61 in seven major league seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. Kennedy compiled a 43-61 record with a 4.79 ERA, pitching 908 2/3 innings over 222 career appearances.

Kennedy made his major league debut in June 2001 and made his last appearance in relief on Sept. 29 in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Godfrey said Toronto was interested in bringing Kennedy back.

"We had every intention to speak to him," he said. "We had him on our list to talk to."

Kennedy began the 2007 season in Oakland as a starter but was moved to the bullpen after going 3-9 with a 4.37 ERA. He appeared in 27 games, including 16 starts, before being placed on waivers.

The Diamondbacks claimed Kennedy on Aug. 4, but he appeared in just three games for Arizona, allowing seven runs in 2 2-3 innings, before being designated for assignment on Aug. 15. The Blue Jays signed Kennedy on Aug. 29, and he got his first win as a Blue Jay on Sept. 21 at the New York Yankees.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Joe's passing. He was a valued teammate and friend to everyone with the A's organization," Oakland assistant general manager David Forst said in a statement. "On behalf of the entire A's organization, we extend our condolences to Joe's wife, Jami and his entire family."

In other Kennedy news-- this time it is the political Kennedy family-- poor Joan Kennedy, ex wife of Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy is reportedly back in rehab for her seemingly unending battle with alcoholism. Joan- we wish you well. You've had a very difficult life.

Joan Kennedy reportedly drinking again

Posted by F.M.

Joan Kennedy is reportedly being treated for alcohol-related problems at a Boston hospital.

The Boston Herald reports she got drunk at a social event this weekend and her caretakers had to admit her.

This latest episode could spell legal problems as well.

Kennedy had agreed not to drink after a deal with her children last year in Family Court.

If it's found she broke that agreement, she could be placed in permanent guardianship by the court and assigned round-the-clock caretarkers.
WBZ1030 radio

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