It was a sad day in Padres baseball yesterday as the legendary voice of the Padres, Jerry Coleman, passed away at the age of 89. He was loved by everyone here in San Diego and will be greatly missed. The 2014 baseball season definitely won’t be the same without the Colonel.
We wanted to do something to honor the Hall of Fame broadcaster here at Padres Public, and despite him becoming uncomfortable every time anyone heaped praise on him, we are going to do just that (sorry Jer) and make this Jerry Coleman week here. The banner has been changed and various members of Padres Public will be telling their own Colonel Coleman stories throughout the week (Vocal Minority started the tribute yesterday). It’s a healing process for us all and as Padre fans we’ll get through it together. I for one have lots of stories that I can’t wait to tell.
Here are some other touching tributes from others:
A tribute song Tim Flannery recorded a few years back.
The Jerry Coleman statue will remain open until 11:30 p.m. tonight for fans who would like to pay their respects. pic.twitter.com/lUkEiOsrM2
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 5, 2014
The euphoria of a #AztecMBB win in Kansas then I'm told Jerry Coleman has died. I have no words. My heart is broken. My partner. My friend.
— Ted Leitner (@TedLeitner) January 6, 2014
Jerry Coleman was a great friend the last 40 years. He will be missed by all in the baseball world and San Diego. Rest In Peace Jerry
— Randy Jones (@RJBBQ35) January 6, 2014
We lost a great American in Jerry. An American warrior, athlete and idol has gone on!! We were lucky to have spent time around such a MAN!!!
— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) January 6, 2014
— Dave Winfield (@DaveWinfieldHOF) January 6, 2014
Aside from family, Jerry Coleman loved three things dearly: The Marines, baseball and his 11-year-old German shepherd, Gus. What a treasure.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) January 6, 2014
RIP Jerry Coleman. Sad news. Great Padres announcer and true gentleman.
— Steve Poltz (@stevepoltz) January 6, 2014
Can't even count how many nights as a kid I snuck radio into my room when I was supposed to be sleeping and listened to Jerry call the game
— Jorge Arangure (@jorgearangure) January 6, 2014
Ted Williams once told me Jerry Coleman "was the best damn pilot I ever saw."
— Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) January 6, 2014
Jerry Coleman was one of the best people I've ever had the privilege of knowing.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 6, 2014
Jerry Coleman accomplished more in 1 lifetime than most of us could accomplish in 10. He is San Diego royalty and the King will be missed.
— Bobby Wooldridge (@BobbyWooSD) January 6, 2014
Rest in peace Jerry / the best that ever did it / hang a star on that / #RIPJerryColeman
— padres haiku (@padreshaiku) January 6, 2014
If you don’t have an outlet and want to tell your story about Jerry Coleman, then write it up and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it this week.
#RIPColonel you truly were one of the all-time greats and I’ll miss you