I was remiss in not mentioning earlier the tragic death of Christian Federico, a former star football and baseball player at Ossining. The 2008 graduate collapsed while jogging at the University of Maryland on Friday. Paramedics could not revive him and he was pronounced dead. He had no prior medical conditions.
I had always thought of Federico as a football player first, but Ossining baseball coach Bill Casey reminded me that Federico had been a captain and was one of the most respected athletes in program history. Casey called him the hardest working kid he’d ever seen.
The team is planning several memorials. They are already wearing armbands with his No. 23. That number and his initials will go on their hats. There is going to be a CF painted behind the mound and a 23 in the shortstop hole. Casey is also coordinating with football coach Dan Ricci to name a school award after him. It will either go to a multi-sport athlete or to a player that embodies the values of hard work and leadership that Federico lived every day.
Christian’s father Lou, by the way, is the assistant baseball coach. He was the head coach when Christian played. Lou has been away from the team since Friday. Casey said there’s no timetable for his return.
I’ll have more in my baseball notebook on Friday. For now, read Vin Mercogliano’s story on Christian’s death, which includes reaction from both his parents.