While most see Minnesota Twins 3rd baseman Miguel Sano as a strong and energetic baseball player, there is another side to the story of his life.
When looking at Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, you will see a joyful man that knows his purpose: to play baseball and love every minute of it. Unfortunately for him, it was not always that way.
On November 28, 2014, tragedy struck for Sano and his wife, Daniela, in the Dominican Republic. Their first child, Angelica, died of a heart attack just a week after being born.
Miguel Sano recalls those times as he considered quitting baseball and even had thoughts of suicide:
"“I was lost in the world, and there was this temptation to harm myself. One time I went out walking and I got lost in thought and when I realized it, I was two hours away from my house. Those are things that happen to us as humans, but thankfully everything is OK now.”"
Sano said it was his family and close friends in the Dominican Republic that helped him intervene. ““And he sat down with me and said, ‘Calm down. Just like she left, some more will arrive.’ He gave me some positive advice,” Sano said about a friend from his native San Pedro de Macoris.
Sano now honors his late daughter with a tattoo in memory of Angelica on his right forearm. He also has a 5-month-old son, Dylan Miguel. He said Dylan has brought him much joy and comfort after the loss of his first-born.
Miguel Sano does not deny the fact that he still has mournful moments. He will still look at old photos of his daughter and get caught up in them before remembering he has to stay strong for his wife.
The Human Side
Most of us only see the baseball side of players and forget they are humans. Sano has a great story of strength and perseverance, and is now putting together the best season of his young career in 2017 for the Minnesota Twins.