The Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir has an article in today’s paper about Jose Theodore and the struggles he’s faced since the death of his infant son last year. The tragedy has been extremely difficult for him and his family, but one positive thing has come out of it. Theodore started a charity, Saves For Kids, that will benefit Children’s National Medical Center. Professionally, after some early-season struggles, he has played very well, despite the thoughts that torment him on a regular basis.
“There’s not a day” he doesn’t think about it, Theodore said. “I can remember sometimes, it could be a 2-2 game, and you start thinking about your son, or you start thinking about different stuff. Or you could be getting dressed [in pads] and trying to get focused and you get carried away thinking.”
“Christmas was much tougher,” he added, his quivering voice trailing off. “It’s as simple as seeing kids around. You could be in the game and you see a dad in the stands with his son and you think about it. It’s about being strong enough to get focused right away so you don’t . . .”
As he’s so often done during times of tumult in his life, Theodore has persevered on the ice, pushing aside the pain.
“You don’t accept it,” he said. “But you have to find a way to live with those thoughts.”
After reading Mike Wilbon’s ridiculous comments about Ovechkin yesterday (Dan Steinberg has a solid rebuttal here), it was comforting to read a positive, yet incredibly sad, article about a Capital. If you do nothing else today, read the article. Whether or not he stays in Washington, I hope for nothing but the best for Theodore and his family.