A very sad day for the Dodgers
Late last night, we got the word that one of the greatest Dodger pitchers of all-time, Johnny Podres, passed away at the age of 75. Johnny was a part of four World Championship teams with the Dodgers, including the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series. He was the first person to throw a pitch at Dodger Stadium in 1962 and the stories I’ve heard about him all day certainly show what a tremendous loss this is for the Dodger family.
Tommy Lasorda shared his memories of Johnny over at his blog, so be sure to check that out.
Unfortunately, we got more tough news today when we came into the office. Jaime Jarrin called to let me know that Ruben Valentin, who has covered the Dodgers for many years and was a regular voice on FOX’s SAP channel, passed away over the weekend during a visit to his native Puerto Rico. Ruben was a very classy man who always treated us with great respect and we tried to give him the same in return.
He is remembered over by Miguel Angel Morales at the "Detras de los Dodgers" blog.
Our hearts go out to both of the families of these great men and I hope that you’ll all take a moment to remember them and keep them in your thoughts.