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Hunter Pence wore a fan’s ashes in a necklace at Dodger Stadium

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I know two people who had their ashes scattered — or at least some of them scattered — at major league ballparks. It was done on the down low, as most parks won’t let you come in and do that. I’ve talked with several other people who like the idea of it and who have at least considered it. People who choose cremation want their ashes scattered someplace meaningful or beautiful, and ballparks fit that bill for a lot of baseball fans.

A Dodgers fan named Henry Janiszewski wanted his ashes scattered at Dodger Stadium. They weren’t going to let his family do that, though, so the Janiszerskis went to plan B: Hunter Pence.

In a game at Dodger Stadium last month, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence carried some ashes of a deceased Dodgers fan with him in a necklace that he wore on the field . . . Pence, a former Houston Astro, donned the necklace for all nine innings on Sept. 22, the night Los Angeles clinched the National League West title and celebrated the 90th birthday of Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, L.A.’s former manager. Pence played right field, and the game video shows him checking on the necklace after a sliding catch.

Pence’s act was filmed for a documentary and is part of a movement by some to get ballparks to allow people to spread a small amount of ashes at designated times.

Personally, I’d like my ashes scattered in the New River Gorge, but Dodger Stadium is pretty too I suppose.

 

 

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.