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A great Jose Lima Eulogy

May 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Jose Lima.jpgI’ve seen and delivered my fair share of eulogies over the years and if I’ve learned anything from the experience, it’s that any eulogy that speaks of the dead as if he had no flaws is a phony one. And a bad one, really. We want eulogies to help us remember the departed, and if they speak of a perfect person — and I don’t think any of us has ever met a perfect person — they fail in their most important task.

As Drew noted over the weekend, Jose Lima has died. C.J. Nitkowski was a teammate of Lima’s on multiple occasions and today writes a wonderful, wonderful eulogy of the man who will forever be known as “Lima Time.”  It’s wonderful because, while never failing to communicate the obvious affection Nitkowski had for Lima, it does a pretty good job in explaining how he could, well, be kind of a pain from time to time.  A funny and endearing one to be sure, but a pain all the same.

Would that we all have touched people in our lives to deserve such a warm remembrance.

  1. Melody - May 24, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    When I saw the headline, I thought you were linking to Joe Posnanski’s eulogy:
    Joe captures his memory in that way only Joe can, and also without whitewashing his flaws.

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - May 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Great article from joe, as expected. As others have mentioned, it’d be my goal to be eulogized by Mr. Posnanski.

  3. Jack Meoffer - May 24, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    R.I.P. Jose. You really did make things interesting. I don’t remember many specific moments from playoff games, especially for division series. But I do remember yours in 2004 when you pitched a brilliant game. And during the interviews afterwards you were so enthusiastic and and a smile from ear to ear. You will be missed.

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