Yankee fans remember him for helping coach New York to four World Series titles… and getting into a fight with Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez… and getting hit by a foul ball off Chuck Knoblauch’s bat, after which he donned a combat helmet. He player or coached with the Dodgers, Reds, Senators, Cubs, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox, and the Rays.
Here’s he’s seen wearing that post-foul ball helmet during a parade for the 1999 championship team. Earlier in his career, he had almost died from another baseball to his jowly, cheeky noggin. And yet, there was always that smile. (When he wasn’t fighting with Pedro Martinez.)
Rest in peace, Zim. There are no foul balls in Heaven.
This Sunday, two Spain riders, Bernat Martinez, 35 years, and Dani Rivas, 27 years, lost life in a crash happened at the start of the race of Superstock in the USA, at Laguna Seca. Sad weekend for the motorsport. Rest In Peace Jules, Bernat and Dani