Saturday, January 18th, the Padres held a public memorial service for Jerry Coleman, and Padres Public was well-represented.
Along with myself, Rick & Beau of RJ’s Fro, Woe Doctor, and Avenging Jack Murphy all attended. Rick is working on a special Padres And Pints featuring portions of the memorial. But that’s a few weeks away.
The ceremony took place on a stage placed strategically on the field. The podium was located above the second baseman’s usual position on the infield. Approximately 5,000 fans filled up Field Sections 111-115 in Petco Park. The Coleman family, VIPs, current & former players & coaches, broadcasters, and US Marines sat in front of the stage. And the Marine Corps Recruit Depot band was off to the right of that.
I brought my camera, so let’s see some of the photos I took.
Ron Fowler announced the Padres this season will wear a patch on all jerseys to honor Jerry: A star with the initials JC inside.
San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner certainly didn’t have the history with Coleman that many others did, though he found himself drawn to Coleman, so much so that he made it a point to seek him out before every home game.
“I always asked him to tell me something new,” Cashner said. “He always had something funny to say. I remember one day I saw him and he asked if they were ever going to let me hit.”
Here are the links to the video of the ceremony and individual speeches:
Padres celebrate Jerry Coleman – Entire ceremony
Ron Fowler remembers Coleman – Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler shares his memories of Jerry Coleman and reveals a patch the club will wear to honor Coleman in 2014
Coleman loved by community – County supervisor Ron Roberts talks about the city of San Diego’s love for Jerry Coleman and how much he meant to the community
Leitner shares Coleman stories – Ted Leitner talks about his love for Jerry Coleman and shares a few funny stories about his late broadcast partner
Coleman is honored for service – Lt. Gen. Toolan pays tribute to Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman on behalf of the Marine Corps
Chelsea Coleman thanks fans – Jerry Coleman’s daughter Chelsea thanks Padres fans for their love and fond memories of her father
Did you attend or watch live on Padres.com? What did you think of the memorial?