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Cruz Still Missing
2006-06-02 14:13
by Jon Weisman

The ex-wife of Jose Javier Cruz, the missing brother of Dodger outfielder Jose Cruz, Jr., spoke to Robert Crowe of the Houston Chronicle.

Karla Lynn Cruz does not believe her husband was fleeing Puerto Rican authorities. She said they failed to extradite him in April when he was jailed in Harris County on a fugitive warrant.

Though he has left their home on occasion, she said, Cruz would always call to keep in touch.

"He would never have his (cell phone) off. His phone is just going straight to phone mail," she said. "My 11-year-old left numerous messages on his phone saying, 'Daddy, please call me.' "

The couple divorced last year after 11 years of marriage, but they continued raising their daughters together. His ex-wife said she still loves him.

Their relationship was improving as Cruz's roofing business was growing, Karla Lynn Cruz added. Cruz, she said, could always be relied upon to pick the girls up from school and soccer practice. The last time she spoke to him on the morning of May 19 the couple agreed that he would pick up the girls from school. He never showed up.

2006-06-02 15:36:34
2.   Tommy John
Is this a CourtTV message board? Frankly I don't give a damn about the hermano de Jose Cruz, Jr.

Now if you're talking about Milton Bradley beating up on his pregnant wife---well you got yourself some legitimate muckraking!!!

2006-06-02 15:56:39
3.   Jon Weisman
This isn't muckraking. My posts about Cruz aren't about exposing his misconduct. They're about the fact that a Dodger's brother is missing, which I find very sad. And the more I read about it, the sadder it gets. I don't expect everyone to feel the same way, so you're welcome to ignore this, but if you think I'm posting this for the titillation factor, you couldn't be more wrong.
2006-06-02 16:03:02
4.   DXMachina
Jon, I feel pretty much the same as you, and I'm glad you're posting the latest news. It is a sad story, and it may have an impact on one of the Dodgers, so I'm interested in how it turns out.

Really, if it bothers folks that much, it's easy enough to skip.

2006-06-02 16:05:27
5.   Greg Brock
Truly sad...What's tonight's lineup looking like?
2006-06-02 16:06:21
6.   Blu2
Seek not for whom the bell tolls... My condolences to the family and best wishes for a happy ending. But I still want to trade Jose Jr...
2006-06-02 16:07:21
7.   Jon Weisman
5 - Waiting to hear. My tentative headline for the game chat is, "How Many Rookies Tonight?"
2006-06-02 16:08:13
8.   Greg Brock
Over/Under on rookies is THREE...I'm taking the over.
2006-06-02 16:11:51
9.   Jon Weisman
The over/under has to be four, I'd say. Or at least make it 3 1/2.
2006-06-02 16:12:21
10.   Greg Brock
No PUSH calls either. Be men, go over/under.
2006-06-02 16:13:13
11.   Greg Brock
3 1/2 would be dandy. I'm going over.
2006-06-02 16:49:19
12.   Linkmeister
I wonder how Odalis Perez's mother is doing?

I'm not being sarcastic, either; that obviously affected him, and I'd imagine Cruz's brother disappearance is weighing on his mind.

We do tend to forget sometimes that these players share the same human condition with the rest of us.

2006-06-02 17:42:38
13.   Zak
This is a sad story, and I hope I'm wrong, but it does not look like any kind of happy ending is coming out of this one.

I appreciate you posting this Jon. Those of us who "know" you and follow your writings daily, know that you mean well with these posts and I agree with you... the more I read about these the sadder I get.

Reminds me of another story regarding my favorite soccer team, AC Milan, in Italy. Their left back (defender) is now a 26-27 year old from Georgia (the country). In 2001, when Milan had recently signed him, his brother went missing. For years there were ransom notes, there were rumors that some payments were made, and some demands were ignored. Finally, in 2004, the kidnappers sent his brother's dead body back to their house in Georgia. Truly a horrifying story. And on a much smaller scale, I cannot watch him play now without remembering this story. It makes it hard to be a fan if you're not up to being critical sometimes!! :)

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