rest in peace martinez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.  

Having been a part of professional baseball for more than six decades, Don Zimmer, the coach’s coach, has passed away at the age of 83.

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.