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.



Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.