Hoornstra: Dodgers great Pedro Guerrero still has 'things to do' after near-death experience
From J.P. Hoornstra at the Los Angeles Daily News on February 8, 2018:
Pedro Guerrero’s eyes are still bright. His ear-to-ear smile holds the luminescence of a Dodger Stadium light bank. His 61-year-old skin has avoided any deep wrinkles, which knocks a good 10 years off his face. Guerrero looks good, and not just for a man reported to be dead 10 months ago.
Look closer and you see signs of a struggle. Guerrero’s close-cropped hair reveals a scar running north-south behind his right ear. He might need a hand standing up and sitting down on occasion. Then there is Guerrero’s memory, where the blank pages tell a story just as interesting as those you’ve already read – the four All-Star game appearances as a Dodger, the 1981 World Series co-MVP award, the folk tales of a hard-living hitting savant.
On the same day the Dodgers won their first of 104 games last year, Guerrero suffered a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. With his life in the balance, several former teammates went to New York to visit. His manager of 11 seasons, Tommy Lasorda, called to check in. His wife, Roxanna, did not leave his side for 19 days. The nurses had to coax her to shower in their bathroom.
- Related link: Read the SABR biography of Pedro Guerrero
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