The story of how Rod Carew got his new heart…

…is worth your time.

The Los Angeles Times explores how one of baseball’s great players was in desperate need of a heart transplant. And then a 29-year-old NFL player died.

It was the morning of Dec. 12, in the intensive care unit of the UCLA Medical Center, just hours before doctors declared her 29-year-old son brain-dead from an aneurysm that ruptured behind his left eye on Nov. 30.

“Something in me, I don’t know why, but maybe it’s a mother’s instinct.… I just laid my right ear on his chest and listened to his heart beating all day, from morning until we had to leave,” Mary said. “I memorized it. And I said, ‘I hope I get to hear this again one day.’ ”

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