The Big A at Angel Stadium had a tribute up to Rory Markas today. Below is a photo I took while heading to the Anaheim Ducks game.
The Anaheim Ducks had a tribute on the scoreboard just before the Ducks-Red Wings game with a moment of silence and the following image:
Rory Markas, an Angels radio broadcaster when the Angels won the 2002 World Series has passed away. He was 54 years old. He had just been promoted to the television broadcast booth this offseason.
Rory’s famous call of the last out of the 2002 World Series: “Here’s the pitch to Lofton. Fly ball centerfield. Erstad says he’s got it. Erstad makes the catch. The Anaheim Angels are the champions of baseball”. The audio clip of this was immortalized in the Angels Talking Bottle Opener.
I’ve seen Rory interact with fans many times over the years and he was always a class act. It was very obvious how thankful he was to be in the position that he was. He was a great talent and will truly be missed.
I imagine that the Angels will probably wear a patch on their uniforms to commemorate Rory this upcoming season. Below is a design I put together that I think would be a fitting tribute. I added a little extra glow around the Halo. I think the patch should be rectangular to differentiate it from the diamond patch for Preston Gomez and the circular patch for Nick Adenhart that were worn on the 2009 Angels uniforms.
ESPN Magazine annually ranks the best franchises in all of the major sports (NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB). This Friday the issue will be coming out that ranks the Angels as the number one value in all of the professional sports. The Angels have been in the top 10 the last four years. Last year they ranked in number 6 and were outranked by the Anaheim Ducks who came in at number 5.
Ervin Santana’s appearance at Living Spaces in Irvine has been postponed due to his rehab assignment.
Brian Fuentes will be signing autographs April 25, 2009 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the AT&T Store in Orange.
125 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868
Ervin Santana will be making an appearance at Living Spaces in Irvine from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 25th, 2009. Here is a link to the information on their site.
I stopped by the stadium this evening after I finished up work. It was a bit tough to focus on work today with the news this morning. I wore my black Angels hat and a black Angels shirt to see the tribute that fans have setup on the pitcher’s mound outside the stadium. I took some photos of the tribute.
I just heard the news that young Angels pitching prospect Nick Adenhart has died in a car crash. Speechless.