Paying their respects
John Vukovich, who left us last Thursday, had an enormous impact on so many people, not just in the Phillies family, but in baseball.
A memorial mass is scheduled for Tuesday. The Phillies have chartered an airplane for a trip north that day to pay tribute to a man so loved by so many.
It starts at the top with President David Montgomery, chairman Bill Giles, GM Pat Gillick and the vice presidents. The group also includes Harry Kalas and Chris Wheeler and numerous personnel from the team’s major and minor league staffs. The rest of the entourage of more than 100 persons reads like a Who’s Who in baseball:
2007 Phillies: Mick Billmeyer, Eude Brito, Pat Burrell, Geoff Geary, Cole Hamels, Ramon Henderson, Ryan Howard, Davey Lopes, Ryan Madson, Charlie Manuel, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers, Milt Thompson, Chase Utley.
Alumni: Ruben Amaro Jr., Larry Andersen, Bob Boone, Larry Bowa, Mike Compton, Darren Daulton, Lee Elia, Jim Fregosi, Dallas Green, Greg Gross, Von Hayes, Dave Hollins, Tommy Hutton, Kevin Jordan, Joe Kerrigan, Darold Knowles, John Kruk, Greg Luzinski, Jerry Martin, Gary Matthews, Dickie Noles, Gary Varsho.
Umpires: Jerry Crawford, Bruce Freomming.
Other clubs: Ned Colletti, Billy Connors, Gene Michael, Stump Merrill, Don Zimmer.
There are others who are making the journey on their own: Jimmy Rollins, Mike Schmidt, Terry Francona, Bobby Abreu, Curt Schilling, Scott Rolen, Tim McCarver, Ruben Amaro Sr., Lenny Dykstra, Pete Incaviglia, Mike Lieberthal, Randy Wolf.