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Ex-Yankees All-Star Steve Sax thanks fans for condolences after son’s death in military training flight crash

Steve Sax (Nathan Rupert/WikiCommons)

Steve Sax is hurting. And the former New York Yankees All-Star second baseman is turning to social media to share his grief, following the death last week of his son, who was one of five U.S. Marines killed during a training flight crash in the California desert.

ESPN reports “Capt. John J. Sax was among the aircrew of an Osprey tiltrotor aircraft that went down during training in a remote area in Imperial County, about 115 miles east of San Diego and about 50 miles from Yuma, Arizona.”

On Sunday, Steve Sax used Instagram to thank friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers.

My son, Captain John Jeremy Sax loved being a Marine. He loved to serve this country🇺🇸. He was an amazing husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, nephew, cousin and the absolute best son any man could ask for. He is and always will be my hero. I wanted to thank everyone who has reached out with kind messages of support. While I cannot thank you all personally, I can tell you that we have read every message and are so touched by the outpouring of love for my son and my family from near and far. While my family takes time to grieve and process everything, I wanted to let you all know that at some point I will be back on “Sax in the Morning” when the time is right fueled by my son’s legacy and passion for life. In the meantime, we will be replaying some great episodes and I hope you will continue to tune into the podcast. Until then, I want to thank you for allowing us this time and space to mourn, process and grieve privately. Make sure you hug those you love a little tighter today, call your kids, call your parents, tell the people you love that you love them today. Thank you all friends…….

Steve Sax was a five-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion during his 14-year MLB career. He broke in with Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 and signed with the Yankees as a free agent following the 1988 season.

Sax played three years in the Bronx before the Yankees traded him to the Chicago White Sox ahead of the 1992 season. He played two years in the Windy City before finishing his career in 1994 with the Oakland A’s.


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