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Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
6:04 pm
Friday, March 28th, 2008
1:29 pm
Joe Kennedy article
From ESPN.com:

The days crawl by. Jami Dawn Kennedy tries to will her way through
them, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second. What other
option is there? Smile a fake smile. Grin a fake grin. Put on a
strong front for anyone outside of her tight circle of family
members and friends.

"How are you holding up?" they ask.

"Oh, fine," the widow says.

"Is there anything we can do for you?" they ask.

"No, thank you," the widow says.

Actually, there is something they can do for her -- a small gesture,
in lieu of flowers or whatever it is one sends a 26-year-old
pregnant widow who lost her husband a mere four months ago. "They,"
she says, "can try and remember Joe."

That's all she asks for, and, quite frankly, it's the least they --
you -- can do. Remember Joe Kennedy, the journeyman left-hander who
went 43-61 during a five-team, seven-year major league career.
Remember Joe Kennedy, the teammate who rooted for his colleagues
with uncommon vigor. Remember Joe Kennedy, the boy who grew up poor
in a San Diego County trailer and willed himself to succeed.

Remember Joe Kennedy, the man who loved picking up his infant son
Kaige (now 16 months old) and twirling him like a baton as the boy
giggled himself silly. Remember Joe Kennedy, the husband who cried
uncontrollably while proposing to Jami some 4½ years ago. Remember
Joe Kennedy, who on the night of Nov. 23, 2007, died of hypertensive
heart disease at the age of 28.

Remember Joe Kennedy.

Please, remember him.

That has become Jami's mission -- the purpose of her life since
losing the purpose of her life. Inside the Denver home she shared
with Joe, there are photographs upon photographs. Joe as a baby. Joe
in a baseball uniform. Joe and Jami on vacation. Joe with his little

Kennedy came up with Tampa Bay in 2001. And that's where he met Jami.
"Kaige will come in, see Joe's pictures and say, 'Dah-dah, Dah-
dah,'" says Jami, sobbing between words. "I don't know what he
remembers and what he doesn't, but I think he wonders where Joe is."
More crying.

How in the world is she supposed to do this? To go on, alone? Heck,
the boy looks exactly like his father, from his facial expressions
to his hair to his belly to his gestures. "I saw Kaige's face light
up whenever Joe entered the room," she says. "Absolutely light up."

Joe Kennedy was a 6-foot-4, 225-pound teddy bear of a man who seemed
destined to pitch for a few more years, then retire to enjoy a
lifetime of marriage, fatherhood and golf. He seemed destined to
coach a Little League team; take memorable vacations with close pals
like Frank Thomas and Todd Helton; father two more kids, maybe even

He and Jami had their days mapped out; a beautiful, blissful journey.

Their marriage would last, because neither believed in divorce and
neither could imagine life without the other. They would grow old
together. Spoil grandchildren ... great-grandchildren. "We always
laughed," Jami says. "At the end of the day you're with your best
friend. That's what Joe is to me -- my best friend."

She still does this -- the present tense. It's one hell of a habit
to break, especially in the late days of March. This was Joe's
favorite time of year -- the warm sun, the green grass, the optimism
of a new 162-game season.

Jami can't help but feel -- literally feel -- Joe preparing for the
upcoming season, hoping this would be the year he'd finally break
through and capitalize on the promise that made Tampa Bay select him
with its eighth-round pick in the 1998 amateur draft. Though he was
often guarded with strangers, inside Joe was actually an optimist.
With this adjustment, or a trade to that team, he could win 15
games, maybe even 18. "He felt this season would be the one where he
finally fulfilled his promise," Jami says. "He really felt it."

When Kennedy was traded to Colorado, he realized he couldn't live
without Jami anymore.

It's noteworthy to hear Jami Kennedy speak in this manner, because
the woman Joe fell for -- the one with the angelic smile and the
Oreo-sized dimples -- once barely acknowledged baseball as a sport.
("I once argued with my mom until I was blue in the face that there
was no such thing as a second baseman," she says, managing a quick
chuckle. "Because nobody stands on second base.") She was a mass
communications major at the University of South Florida back in 2003
when a mutual friend insisted she meet his pal who played for the
Devil Rays. "I had no interest in being set up," she
says. "Especially with a ballplayer."

So, without her knowing, the friend invited Jami and Joe to the
Martini Bar in Tampa, Fla. "Joe opened the door when I walked in,
and I thought, 'Oh, he's cute,'" she says. "But I didn't know he was
the guy I'd been told about." When Jami asked Joe to direct her to
the bathroom, he advised her that the Martini Bar lacked a ladies
room, but he could gladly escort her to the port-a-potty out back.
It was her first taste of Joe's kindling-dry sense of humor. "I was
like, 'What's with this guy?' and I punched him in the arm," she
says. "An hour into the night I finally realized this was the man I
was supposed to meet."

From that moment until last Nov. 23, Joe and Jami never went a day
without talking. Corniness be damned, it was love at its most
authentic. She loved the way he held her; the way he could always
make her laugh. He loved the way she thought -- really, truly
thought -- he was the best ballplayer on the planet. "I'd give him
these pep talks," she says, "and Joe would just crack up."

Back on Dec. 14, 2003, Joe was crestfallen to learn that the Devil
Rays had traded him to the Colorado Rockies. Shortly after hearing
the news, he arrived at Jami's doorstep, sobbing.

"Why are you crying?" she asked.

"Because I was traded," he answered.

"Wow," she said dryly. "Now who's gonna do your laundry?"

With that, Joe lowered himself to one knee and grabbed Jami's hand.

Eight weeks later, on Jan. 31, 2004, they were married at the Rusty
Pelican in Tampa. Before 130 people, with Tim McGraw's "My Best
Friend" playing in the background, they had their first dance as a
married couple.

"It was the best day of my life," she says. "I just celebrated our
four-year anniversary, and ..."

More crying.

Kennedy was with Oakland for much of the 2007 season. No one thought
it would be his last one.

In order to maintain some semblance of normalcy, Jami has spent
portions of these past few months in Florida and Arizona, staying
with Frank and Megan Thomas near the Blue Jays' camp in Dunedin,
Fla., and with Todd and Christy Helton at the Rockies' camp in
Tucson, Ariz. Though no positives accompany this story, the
aftermath of Joe's passing has afforded Jami time to appreciate the
family she made through baseball. On the day Joe died, Frank and
Megan rushed to Florida to be by Jami's side. They went to the
hospital with her, and helped make the funeral arrangements with
her. "It was the least we could do," says Frank. "Joe was one of my
closest friends."

"Because of Christy and Todd and Frank and Megan, I feel like I
might make it," Jami says. "They don't treat me like a widow. They
treat me like a person. When something like this happens, people
look at you like you have a disease. Well, I don't have a disease.
I'm just hurting."

The pain isn't likely to disappear anytime soon. On Monday, Jami and
Kaige will return to Coors Field -- the stadium Joe called home for
1½ years -- to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day. Then,
approximately two months later, she is scheduled to give birth to a
baby girl at Denver's Rose Medical Center.

With Joe gone, Jami plans on packing the delivery room with every
friend and family member -- male or female -- she can find. "It'll
be so incredibly bittersweet," she says. "I love that I'm carrying
his baby, that a part of Joe is alive in me. But I just hope during
delivery that I feel him there with me. I need to feel him with me."

Another cry. Another pause. Deep breaths. Deep, painful breaths.

"No matter what," she says, "I'm naming the baby Joe. That way, I
can look forward to the day when I yell his name again and have
someone answer it.

"That way, he lives on."
Friday, March 14th, 2008
8:24 pm
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
9:34 pm
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
9:43 am
Saturday, August 25th, 2007
9:14 pm
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
6:35 pm
Friday, July 6th, 2007
11:12 am
Sunday, March 11th, 2007
11:23 am
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
8:41 pm
Vinny Castilla Officially Retired :'(
Castilla officially retires from baseball
Associated Press

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico -- A little more than four months after playing his last game in the major leagues, Vinny Castilla officially retired from baseball on Wednesday.


Castilla played first base in Mexico's 4-3 victory over Venezuela on the last day of the Caribbean Series. He went 1-for-4, with a double and a run scored.

"I knew it was my last game, but I got emotional when I came to the park and all my teammates came to congratulate me," the 39-year old slugger said while trying to hold back tears after the game.

"When the players from the other countries hugged me after the game, I couldn't hold back the tears. I felt very emotional and proud for all my accomplishment."

Castilla is Mexico's all-time leading home-run hitter in the majors, with 320 homers in a 16-season career with Atlanta, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Houston, Washington and San Diego.

Colorado claimed him off waivers last season so he could retire in a Rockies uniform.

The third baseman had his best years with the Rockies, with four consecutive seasons (1996-99) with more than 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. His best year was 1999, when he had career highs with a .319 average, 46 home runs and 144 RBIs.

"I left everything on the field and always respected the game," he said.

Castilla said recently during the Series that he will work as a special assistant to Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd, and will pursue a coaching or managing career in the future.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

x-posted to corockiesfans

Current Mood: sad
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
4:57 pm
Former Rockie Jeff Cirillo whines to the press
See what he's whining about inside hereCollapse )

I found out what a JERK he truly is both times I met him, but THIS takes the cake! He just needs to S.T.F.U.!!!

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
5:19 pm
In Memory: Darryl Kile
The link below contains a great piece about former Rockies pitcher Darryl Kile. It's hard to believe that the Good Lord took him from us 4 years ago today ;'(


x-posted to a few baseball communities and also my lj

Current Mood: melancholy
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
8:03 pm
Larry Walker's new 'job'
Walker serves as spring training instructor for Cards

JUPITER, Fla. -- Larry Walker made his first spring training appearance Tuesday with the St. Louis Cardinals, only as an instructor instead of as player.

After spending 18 years in the major leagues with the Expos, Rockies and Cardinals, Walker is on manager Tony La Russa's training camp staff.

"I don't know if someone caught wind of it or not," Walker said. "But I mentioned it to a couple people. Tony called, we talked for a little while. The subject came up and he said, 'If you want to come out, come out.'"

The Cardinals' former right fielder now makes his residence in Florida and plans to split time between the Cardinals' clubhouse and helping out at home this March.

"I told Tony it won't be an everyday thing," Walker said. "My wife's going to need some help with the kids before and after school, and I don't want to drop everything on her. I want her to have a life as well."

Walker briefly thought about playing this season.

"I did a bunch of loading up of some wood at our house in Wisconsin," he said. "I was picking up wood and throwing it, kind of similar to a baseball swing. The next day I was in my neck brace again, so right then and there, I was like, OK, I can probably get this thing fixed, but my time's up. It's up physically and it's up mentally."

On Tuesday, Walker spent time at the Cardinals batting practice session observing Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen, Scott Spiezio, David Eckstein and Brian Daubach.

He will also be an assistant coach for Canada during the World Baseball Classic, which runs from March 3-20.

"I'm really disappointed," he said. "I told them I've been playing for 20 years. How come you didn't come up with this sooner? I'm still grateful I get the honor to put my country's name on my chest as a coach. That's the way it has to be. I would have loved to play. Although if I had played, I would have really thought more about playing another year in the big leagues."

Current Mood: giddy
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
10:16 pm
something I found on Petrick
Awareness: Former Rockies catcher Ben Petrick, whose career was cut short by Parkinson's Disease, will be recognized before Monday night's game at Coors Field. Petrick's presence is to raise awareness for the disease, a brain disorder in which certain neurons, or nerve cells, in a specific part of the brain become impaired.

Last week, Petrick received the Pioneer Award as part of the Rockies' Hal O'Leary Award program. Petrick played for the Rockies (1999-2003) and the Detroit Tigers (2003).
Saturday, August 27th, 2005
11:08 pm
Newbie with some cool pix
what a great community this is!

Hi My Name's Missy I'm From colorado, I've been a Die hard Rockies fan since 1993 and i've got a wall covered in rockies colors and tons of team posters to prove it (although they arent on my wall anymore, i have no room for all of them :( ).

anyways, I thought I'd share some Pix of my favorite rockies players & 1 Former Rockies Radio Broadcaster (Hope no one minds?).

Me & Curtis Leskanic In 1996Collapse )

Me & Curtis Leskanic In 2001Collapse )

Me & Todd Helton In 1996Collapse )

Me & Wayne Haggin in 1996Collapse )
Sunday, June 12th, 2005
10:05 pm
Javier Lopez
Javier Lopez and ICollapse )

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, April 25th, 2005
9:16 am
Javier Lopez
Yesterday the Diamondbacks called up Javier Lopez and optioned Michael Gosling down to Tucson. I sure hope Javier does well for the Diamondbacks.
Friday, April 15th, 2005
1:58 pm
11:16 am
a former Rockie now
Here is a picture of a pitcher that the Diamondbacks signed yesterday. His name is Javier Lopez (it isn't the catcher Javier Lopez). Javier Lopez was drafted by the Diamondbacks and then he was drafted in the rule 5 draft by the Rockies. So we should call the Diamondbacks the "Arizona Rockies" because they have quite a few former Rockies on the team or down in Tucson. Javier will be in Tucson for a little while.

Javier LopezCollapse )

also posted in Arizona Diamondbacks and baseball hunks
Saturday, April 9th, 2005
5:09 pm
Todd Helton reunited with Vinny Castilla
...In this picture, that is:

Todd Helton and Vinny CastillaCollapse )
Todd Helton gives former teammate Vinny Castilla a hug

I am sure we will see more of these moments this year, as the Rockies play not only the San Diego Padres (former Rockies Andy Ashby, Eric Young, and Mark Sweeney are on that team), the Washington Nationals (Where Vinny Castilla is now), and the St. Louis Cardinals (where Larry Walker is now), just to name a few.

Current Mood: amused
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