Baseball lost one of the most colourful characters of this generation today, with the passing of former Tiger, Astro, Royal, Met and Dodger righty Jose Lima. Not much known at the moment, though early reports are suggesting the 37-year-old died of a heart attack this morning in Pasadena.
Lima’s career numbers weren’t all that pretty — 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA in 13 seasons — though he strung together a couple fine years with Houston in the late-nineties, including a 21-10 mark in 1999 to earn a spot on the NL All-Star team. More than that, though, he’ll be remembered for his flamboyant, fist pumping antics and the above picture from his 2004 National Anthem performance at Dodger Stadium, which not-surprisingly turned his wife into a worldwide celeb.
Rest in peace, Lima Time.