Sad news from the Yankees family:
The New York Yankees are saddened to announce the passing of media relations department intern Matthew Wasser, 22, who passed away tragically early Sunday morning in Waltham, Mass., as a passenger in a cab hit by a person charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.
Matt began working with the Yankees media relations department in the spring of 2007, dealing extensively with local, national and international media covering the team on a daily basis.
Born and raised in Bernardsville, N.J., Matt was to graduate from the College of New Jersey in December, 2007 with a degree in Communications. He is survived by his parents, Marilyn Gottlieb Wasser and Eric Wasser, and siblings Jason and Stephanie.
“A loss of this magnitude is impossible to put into words,” said Yankees Director of Media Relations Jason Zillo. “Matt will long be remembered for his boundless enthusiasm and uplifting, selfless spirit. The Yankees family reaches out to the Wasser family during this tremendous time of grief, as we keep his loved ones and friends close to our heart.”
Services will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sholom on 594 North Bridge Street in Bridgewater, N.J. The family asks that any memorial gifts be sent in Matt’s name to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Cancer Society or Joe Torre’s “Safe at Home Foundation”. To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.
I said this when Steve Swindal got busted for DUI and I’ll say it again: I consider DUI as attempted vehicular manslaughter.
For the sake of the Wasser family, I hope the courts punish the person behind this terrible crime. This is a tragedy – someone so young, minding their own business, and taken for no reason whatsoever outside of someone else’s inconsiderate behavior. It’s beyond sad.