There is an article in yesterday’s New York Times on New York Mets senior vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette ’88 that has little to do with baseball. Instead, it is a story about the sudden twists a life can take:

After a few seconds of silence, Duquette wiped away the tears and talked some more about the frightening and tumultuous journey his life has taken since his daughter first felt queasy at a Mets game almost five months ago. Lindsay’s body was swollen and the Duquettes soon learned that she had nephrotic syndrome, a condition in which the kidneys do not adequately process protein.

Beginning with that day, Duquette watched his daughter face a life-threatening situation and, while on that horrible path, was replaced as the general manager of the Mets by Omar Minaya. To Duquette, the professional setback barely registered. He was worried about Lindsay and essentially numb to everything else.

Still, as Duquette drove to Montefiore one afternoon, he said, he thought about the twists his life had absorbed. In the middle of last season, he was the general manager of the Mets and had three happy, healthy children. Not long after, he had a sad, sick daughter and he had lost a job he had waited years to get.

“How did things go from being the G.M. of the Mets to having no thought about the Mets and wondering if I was going to have to make one of the ultimate sacrifices for one of your kids to stay alive?” said Duquette, who at one point figured he might have to donate a kidney.

The story has a happy conclusion, as thanks to the good work of the doctors and nurses at Montefiore Medical Center Lindsay Duquette is healthy again and will soon know if her condition is in full remission, clearing her to possibly join the class of 2024.

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