Beloved ESPN SportsCenter reporter Pedro Gomez died unexpectedly Sunday. He was 58 years old.
Father, husband, coach, and longtime ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez is gone, his family confirms in a statement today.
“Pedro was far more than a media personality. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor,” the Gomez family said in a statement. “He was our everything and his kids’ biggest believer…. he died unexpectedly at home this afternoon.”
Gomez’s career began with ESPN in 2003, and he has been a staple of the network since.
“Our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” ESPN and Sports Content Chairman, James Pitaro comments on his passing. “Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level and his professional accomplishments are universally recognized. More importantly, Pedro was a kind, dear friend to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s family and all who love him at this extraordinarily difficult time.”
Remembering Pedro Gomez
Before his time at ESPN, Gomez served as a national baseball writer and columnist for the Arizona Republic. His work for the trade took place between 1997 and 2003, when ESPN would bring him on.
In addition, Gomez served as the Oakland Athletics beat writer for the Sacramento Bee from 1995-97 and at the San Jose Mercury News from 1990-1994, according to ESPN Front Row. “In between covering the A’s, Gomez served as a national baseball writer for the Miami Herald from 1994-95. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Diego Union, and the Miami News from 1988-90 and 1985-88, respectively,” ESPN continues.
As a result, Gomez bore many deep connections throughout Major League Baseball. ESPN adds that Gomez once recalled his favorite event he ever covered for the network: Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.
Of the game, Pedro Gomes stated: “After Steve Bartman’s attempt to catch the foul ball over Cubs left fielder Moises Alou, producer Jim Witalka and I were whisked from behind the Cubs dugout, where we were getting ready to do on-field interviews with the NL Champs for the first time since 1908, to the virtually the same spot behind the Marlins dugout, where we saw Josh Beckett racing back and forth from the clubhouse to the dugout while chugging beers and saying, ‘Rally Beers, Pedro.’ It was a memorable night at Chicago’s venerable Wrigley Field.”
Our condolences to Gomes’ family during this tragic loss.