The kindness of others
In For the kids
Nov. 11, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Updated Nov. 7, 2017 at 3:48 p.m.
Not Club related, but humanity related.
So about 1998, maybe, I was working for the Arizona Fall League in different capacities. I did grounds crew for the San Francisco Giants. I did PA for the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Mesa Saguaros. I got a little bit of air time with Jon Emmett broadcasting games I was not doing PA for.
I finished a game and was talking to this very attractive blonde lady. She was just super pleasant, friendly, and talked to this dopey PA guy. She invited me to join she and her husband for dinner. Her husband was one of the players. A big old dude. He towered over me. We went out to early dinner after an afternoon game. The couple was an amazing pair. Both of them asked about me, my life, where I wanted to go with this baseball/broadcasting thing. They were not arrogant or better than me, even though he was a million dollar player - they did pay for my dinner that evening. I distinctly remember the dinner because it was some of the best company I have been with.
I followed Roy Halliday from that day on. And he proved to be one of the best pitchers of his era, I will remember the Hallidays for being just great people. As I write this today, just a moment after the breaking news of his plane crash, I feel a little bit sadder for humanity as a whole. We can spiral downward as a society, which is accelerated when we lose people like Roy.