When Louisville baseball gets back on the diamond next season, it will do so without the presence of one of its biggest fans.
Todd Esser, 45, passed away Wednesday night. Louisville baseball posted the news on Twitter on Thursday. According the Louisville Courier-Journal, Esser, who had cerebral palsy, died after he accidentally got pinned between his wheelchair and a kitchen table.
— Louisville Baseball (@UofLBaseball) July 27, 2017
The Courier-Journal stated that the Louisville native became hooked on Cardinals baseball a decade ago, taking up an active role with the team. He would be nearby during batting practice, team meetings, and prayed during chapel. Then he took a seat behind the home dugout.
Current and former players also took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Esser’s sudden passing.
— Brendan McKay (@Brendan_mckay38) July 27, 2017
Saddened to hear the news about our great friend. Todd, I'm so thankful I got to meet someone who no matter what, put a smile on my face. https://t.co/yWIcJzyWZz
— Drew Ellis (@drewellis10) July 27, 2017
— Josh Rogers (@JoshRogers13) July 27, 2017
To our #1 fan couldn't of asked for a better person and even more importantly friend. Came to support us everywhere you will be missed Todd!
— Nick Burdi (@NickyBurdi19) July 27, 2017