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Braves, Phillies honor the late Jim Fregosi

Mar 5, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

CLEARWATER — There was a moving ceremony before today’s Braves-Phillies game honoring the late Jim Fregosi.

Fregosi, the former Phillies manager and a long-time scout and executive with the Braves, died last month following a stroke. Today, however, was a day of fond and often funny remembrance, with Phillies and Braves officials remembering a loud, opinionated but eminently respected and unquestionably loved friend and colleague.

Fregosi’s family and former teammates and players participated in the ceremony. In a nice touch, each of the uniforms worn by Fregosi during his playing, managing and coaching careers were worn by someone who played with or for Fregosi. Kent Tekulve wore a late-70s Pirates pinstripe. Darren Daulton — himself looking good following cancer surgery — wore an early 90s-Phillies uniform. Braves hitting coach Greg Walker wore an early-80s White Sox ensemble, etc.:

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They left the seat he’d sit in behind home plate when scouting empty today, but for his cap, placed there by Braves GM Frank Wren. They left a table in the media/scout dining room empty, with a black table cloth and a photo of Fregosi.

Sometimes tributes are overwrought or overthought. This one struck all the right notes. It was beautiful in its simplicity and its thoughtfulness.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Man the Phillies offense sure looks terrible, I’ve scored more often than they have these last five days.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    In 1994, here’s what the “classy” Jim Fregosi had to say about Philly:

    ““People who listen to WIP (Philly radio station) are a bunch of guys in South Philly that [fornicate with] their sisters and the people that work at WIP [fornicate with] their mothers.”

    • schmedley69 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      He was right. Not all Philadelphians listen to WIP, so he wasn’t ripping all of Philly. WIP is bad now, and it was 100 times worse back then. Craig’s buddy Angelo Cataldi is a total creep and phony, and Fregosi hated him. Can’t blame him at all.

      • halladaysbiceps - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        No. Fregosi was wrong. Most of Philly sports fans, regardless of what you think, listen to WIP sports talk, especially back in 94′ (no 97.5FM at that time). Fregosi was a weak individual who couldn’t take the media criticism and lashed out that the fans. It had nothing to do with Cataldi. Fregosi trashed the fans, was a terrible manager and was a jerk. Now he get’s a pass because he’s dead? Whatever. No tribute by the Phillies should have been paid to this man. Any Philly fan that has a clue that followed the Phillies during the Fregosi years would attest to this.

      • schmedley69 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        I think that if you took a poll of the most hated people by Philly sports fans, Fregosi would not even crack the top 100, while Cataldi might very well be #1, in a landslide. Cataldi is a carnival barking clown from New England who grew up a Yankees/Giants fan. He is no more a Phillies fan than Craig is. His sole purpose is to stir the prototypical Negadelphians into a froth to garner ratings. He is a profiteer who uses the passion of Philly sports fans for his own selfish needs. There is not a coach or manager who he does not turn on at some point. Most of his victims ignore him, but Fregosi had the balls to put him in his place.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      before reading that I never had much of an opinion on Fregosi but if he really said that he is one of my hero’s now. Anyone that puts down that scum hole of a city is okay in my book. Now with that said its time for the sillies to “pad” their MLB loss record even more this season and go out there and lose a good 85 games. Hey I believe they can do it

  3. raysfan1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Great player in his prime, managed for 15 years. I’m sure he had his good and bad personality traits like everyone else. At this point it’s time to forgive the bad ones. He seems to be remembered fondly by most who knew him, and the ceremony today sounds like it was a good way to memorialize him. I’m sure he would have liked it.

  4. Joe Vecchio - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    I know him mostly because he was the guy the Mets traded Nolan Ryan for. Fregosi was great in his day but his day had long since passed by then.

    Strangely enough, as great as Ryan was, he only played in one World Series.

    In 1969.

    With the Mets.

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