Baseball, like most things we’re passionate about, is a series of emotional connections we humans make. I think the things that are truly special are the things that create these connections in different ways among different kinds of people. It should be obvious from the outpouring of emotion in San Diego, among baseball fans, the military with their friends and family, broadcasters, and everyone in between, that Jerry Coleman was a special human being.
Jerry was passionate. Excitement ran through his voice as we shared great events in our lives. He was committed. He stayed with us for 42 years, so that through him we fans could reconnect with those moments we remember while also creating new ones. And of course, he was a great person, which we witnessed through his interaction with Padres fans, a welcoming smile, relentless patience and energy, and a fantastic sense of humor. He helped create our own personal emotional connections and memories.
I’m lucky enough to have two of those interactions with Jerry, both of which happened after unexpectedly passing him in a hallway, strangely enough. I will remember them thanks to his passion, commitment, and kindness.
The world will miss Jerry Coleman.