The San Francisco Giants family woke up with some bad news, as Orlando "Peruchin" Cepeda was hospitalized last Monday night, as reported by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
According to Schulman, Cepeda was rushed on an emergency to a hospital in the Bay Area, as the Giants' spokeswoman Staci Slaughter told the reporter. Slaughter also stated that they didn't have any information regarding Cepeda's condition or illness.
But according to the Puerto Rican news portal, ElVocero.com, they contacted Francisco Figueroa, a close friend of the Hall of Famer, who told them that the condition of Cepeda is critical.
As Figueroa stated:
Orlando was at the gym. He use to go two or three times a week, because is near to his house in Fairfield, San Francisco. Then, when he was working out with some of the gym's eployees he suddenly felt some sickness or a massive stroke and he hit the floor with his head. He's critical, the diagnosis does not look good. The team (the Giants) gave the order to hire the best doctors. They will continue the evaluations during the day.
Cepeda was inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame in 1999 and is one of three Puerto Ricans inducted, alongside Roberto Clemente and Ivan Rodriguez. The Giants retired the number 30 in his honor and since has become an ambassador for the team