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Snows Patch Up Family Differences

October 19, 2002|Mike DiGiovanna

His duties as a St. Louis Ram broadcaster will prevent him from attending Games 1 and 2 of the World Series in Anaheim, but Jack Snow will be in San Francisco to watch his son, Giant first baseman J.T. Snow, in Games 3, 4 and 5. And he will even talk to his son.

That might come as a surprise to those who knew of J.T.'s estrangement from his parents, a family split that resulted in Snow's not talking to his father or his mother, Mary Carol, from 1996 to early 1998.

But as his mother battled cancer, a disease she succumbed to in 1998, Snow reconciled with his parents, and he and his father have been close the last four or five years.

"Those things have all been rectified, and it's fun being a part of his life again," said Jack Snow, the former Ram receiver.

Neither Jack nor J.T. wanted to elaborate on the reasons for the estrangement, but Jack speculated in 1997 that it may have had something to do with the pressure J.T. felt growing up as the son of a professional athlete.

"Kids get married at a young age and change," Jack Snow told The Times in 1997. "J.T.'s wife [Stacie] came from a family that had no idea what it took to be a professional athlete. It's never easy being the offspring of one, and maybe my success and involvement hung over her or both of them in some way."

J.T. Snow didn't want to "dig up all that stuff again ... I think it was just two stubborn guys who wouldn't give in."

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