The passing of a Dodger

I don't watch much baseball these days, but when I was growing up my whole extended family used to watch or listen to Dodger games.  Whenever I would visit my godmother and grandmother, all the radios in the house would be on if a Dodger game was on, usually called by Vin Scully.

My family is a Dodger family because my aunt Rosie worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball organization for about thirty years, serving in various capacities including a stint as secretary to the owner of the club, Peter O'Malley.  She retired several years ago but you'd never know it: her social calendar was mind-boggling, and the Dodger fandom never ended.

Earlier this week, my aunt Rosie passed away (here's the obit on MLB.com).  I'll miss many things about her, but I was comforted to hear that she ultimately went in peace.

My aunt used to go to Vero Beach, Florida, each year for Dodger spring training, as part of the support staff for the club.  It sounded like a lot of work, but she always seemed to look forward to it, and it had some cache within the family.  (nice perq, spending some springtime in a Florida beach town, yes?).  As it happens, the same day I learned about my aunt's death, I happened to see a story about Vero Beach shutting down.  Seemed like a fitting sort of closure to me.

Rest in peace, Aunt Rosie.


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