As the Pittsburgh Pirates mourned the death of 24-year-old prospect Evan Chambers, Andrew McCutchen was prominent among those publicly expressing sorrow. Chambers, a third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in MLB's 2009 First-Year Player Draft, died in his sleep over the weekend, according to MLB.com.
This is a tough pill to swallow. You are gone too soon.. Evan Chambers, u will be missed bro. I know ur w/ God now pic.twitter.com/evoElUbH77
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) December 3, 2013
A short while after tweeting about Chambers' untimely passing, the reigning National League MVP posted another heartfelt message via Instagram on Monday evening.
Life is too short. My friend Evan Chambers is an example of that. He died this past weekend in his sleep at the age of 24. If you have a son, daughter,brother,sister,father,mother, friend or loved one tell them u love them. If you ended on bad terms with someone close to u, make up, because tomorrow isnt promised to anyone. My condolences go out to his family and may he rest is peace. God has you now bro, you will be missed. Please pray for his family and friends. Have a blessed night
McCutchen was hardly the only member of the Pirates organization expressing grief over Chamber's death. Several former teammates also expressed their shock and grief via social media.
Completely heartbroken...Evan Chambers was as good as they come. Can't believe you're gone. Love you brother, always
— Brock Holt (@BrockStar4Lyf) December 2, 2013
So sad to hear about Chambo passing away. He was always one of my favorite teammates! Such a great guy. Too young. #RIPEvanChambers
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) December 2, 2013