Saturday, April 19, 2008
(posted by One More Dying Quail)
Though I became a Red Sox fan in 1988, I don't remember ever watching John Marzano play baseball.
Kevin Romine? Yep. Randy Kutcher? Absolutely. Ed Romero? Vaguely. I can recall any number of players from those days, but Marzano? Marzano remains a mystery to me.
I do recall seeing his name pop up years later, after he had left the Red Sox, missed a couple of years, and resurfaced with the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. He finally retired in 1998 and jumped on the path followed by so many former major leaguers, becoming an analyst for the Philadelphia Phillies and cohosting a morning show for Major League Baseball.
Why mention Marzano again, now, after all those years of nothing? Because the 45-year-old was found dead at his home on Saturday. The AP did not immediately note a cause of death, but later reported that he had fallen down a flight of stairs.
I may not remember Marzano, but his passing is still sad. It's always upsetting when the names and faces of your youth start to fade away.
UPDATE: Bugs & Cranks tracked down a nice tribute video that appeared on Comcast SportsNet last night. It provides great insight into Marzano's personality, both on and off the field.