Since arriving home to Illinois, I haven't had the time to dedicate myself to pursuing sports blogging excellence like I should. But, today I finally have some free time.
I'm sure this is old news by now, but when I finally got around to perusing through my usual list of sports blogs today, this bit of news shocked me.
Jose Lima died on Sunday, May 23, from cardiac arrest.
Usually, we here at MH don't cover the sad stuff unless there is a humorous aspect to it. This is not one of those things.
I was shocked to hear that Lima had croaked cuz it wasn't too long ago that I remembered him pitching in the pros. I best remember him with the LA Dodgers, and that during the pregame show on Fox during the playoffs many years ago, he sang a song for Joe Buck and the crew. Apparently, Lima was that goofy, free-spirited guy who liked to have fun at his job and make his teammates happy while he was around.
While I can appreciate that, the fact was that once he'd dropped out of the pros, going back to the Dominican Republic for baseball, the rest of the baseball world had sorta lost track of him. Lima had a fairly prolific baseball career, spanning 13 years in the majors and five teams: the Houston Astros, the LA Dodgers, the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers, and a minor 4-game stint with the NY Mets in 2006. He did make an appearance with a minor league team in Canada (Edmonton Capitals) last year. In 2004, after pitching the luckless Dodgers to their first playoff appearance since 1988, Lima sang the National Anthem in front of the hometown Dodgers team, forever searing his presence into Dodger history.
Jose Lima leaves behind a wife and children. He was 37 years old.
Rest in peace. You will be missed.