Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp reacts as he crosses the plate after
hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game
against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, May 20, 2013, in
The massive tornado
that ripped through a handful of Oklahoma City suburbs and killed at
least 50 people grabbed the attention of the sports world on Monday,
especially the players and coaches with ties to the area.
Kevin Durant, a
three-time scoring champion for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder,
posted on his Twitter account that he was praying for everyone
involved. He added: "Everybody stay safe!"
Mets pitcher Jeremy
Hefner went to Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, just south of
Oklahoma City. The school had its roof torn off and walls knocked
down. Some of those killed died at the school.
"I mean, it's
terrifying," the right-hander said.
Hefner still has
family living in Moore. He said he had been in contact with his
mother, who told him his cousins and uncles were OK.
unfathomable," he said. "I used to live there."
Dodgers star Matt
Kemp posted on Twitter: "'m giving $1000 for tonight's HR and
every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in
Coverage of the
tornado damage was on the clubhouse TV as the Red Sox prepared for
their game at the Chicago White Sox.
"It's a tragedy
when you see a natural disaster like that take place, so many innocent
people that are certainly affected, if not directly by injury or
possibly loss of life," Boston manager John Farrell said.
"Having been though something similar back in 1997 that had
probably very similar damage, it's a scary situation. Our thoughts are
with all the people affected."
Farrell played for
Oklahoma State in college, and then served as the assistant coach and
pitching and recruiting coordinator for the Cowboys for five seasons
today is very close to where it was back in '97," Farrell said.
"Just that area just south of Oklahoma City seems to be right in
the path of unfortunately a lot of storm fronts and certainly the
tornadoes again today."
frame grab courtesy KFOR TV shows the aftermath of a massive
tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph
roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, May 20, 2013.
White Sox manager
Robin Ventura also played his college ball at Oklahoma State, where
was a three-time All-America. The Santa Maria, Calif., native said he
didn't know anything about tornadoes until there were a couple that
passed through the area while he was in school.
scary," he said. "There's nothing you can do about it."
Brandon Weeden, who played at Oklahoma State and grew up in the
Oklahoma City area, was relieved that no one in his wife's family was
damage to Moore, Oklahoma due to Tornadoes," Weeden wrote on his
Twitter account. "Please keep these people in your prayers.
Thankfully (at)MelanieWeeden family is safe."
basketball coach Bill Self also went to Oklahoma State.
"We wish nothing
but the very best for (those affected by the storm) and our thoughts
are with them," he said.