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Baseball world hit by Arizona shootings

MLB logoOne casualty of yesterday’s tragic shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson: Dallas Green’s granddaughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was shot and killed as she was waiting in line to meet with the congresswoman.

Nine-year-old Green was described as an aspiring politician, recently elected to her student council. She was shot at the event and later passed away at University Medical Center.

The baseball genes present in her grandfather, a former MLB pitcher and longtime manager/exec who led the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1980 World Series championship, and her father, former minor-league pitcher John Green, currently a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, were passed down: she was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team.

“The Phillies organization expresses our heartfelt condolences to Dallas and Sylvia and the entire Green family on the senseless, tragic loss of Christina’s life,” said Phillies President David Montgomery in a statement. “She was a talented young girl with a bright promising future. Her untimely death weighs heavily on our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by yesterday’s horrific shooting.”

(H/T: Rod Nelson)

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