Taveras had a .287 BAC. I'm not sure what that changes. Still died too young, but it was due to his own stupidity. That's ridiculously drunk and probably not far from alcohol poisoning.
Hmm...it does kind of change my feelings, I won't lie. Obviously it's still sad and a horrible tragedy, but it's a different thing from an accident that just involved the weather or something he couldn't control. We were all (or some probably still are) young and did stupid things, I guess. Luckily most don't have this type of result. I just hope that someone out there will learn from this and avoid a similar thing happening in their life.
Yeah, I hear ya. My emotions definitely shifted because he's no longer just an innocent victim that died too soon. I just don't know how to feel. I mean, he brought on his own demise. What he did was selfish and indefensible. At the same time, DUI's don't send people to death row, so I'm not sure I think he deserved his fate (which likely puts me in the minority) even if he's at fault for it.
No, I agree with you. I obviously didn't know the guy personally. I don't know what type of person he really was, so it's not for me to judge. I just find it highly doubtful he or his girlfriend deserved it. Not many do. I reserve that type of thinking for the real low-life psychopath scumbags, not a kid who played baseball and seemed like a decent person based on the reactions.
It's especially a confusing gammut of emotions though when I read in the paper about some guy getting his 11th DUI, and he's still around. Why does he get to keep being a danger to himself and, more importantly, a danger to everyone around him? Do I want him to die? I'd still say no, but at a certain point you wonder about these things. Maybe I should ask JNE the meaning of life...