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Jose Lima's death hits home for Rays senior VP Gerry Hunsicker

There was a moment of silence before today's Rays-Astros game at Minute Maid Park to honor former Astros All-Star RHP Jose Lima, who died this morning at the age of 37 of an apparent heart attack.

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The death hit home for Rays senior VP Gerry Hunsicker, who spent nine years as Astros GM and had plenty of memories with the animated right-hander.

“He was that shining light, that when he walked into the room, he made everybody feel better,” Hunsicker said. “He became the center of attention, in a good way. “He just loved life and every day was a walk in the park for Jose.”

Hunsicker remembered during one group dinner with some Astros players years ago in spring training, when he got on stage and performed a duet with Lima, who had a meringue band. “I think the players that night saw a side of me that they probably had never seen up to that point and probably never saw again,” Hunsicker said. "But it was a lot of fun and it exemplified the fun-loving person that Jose was."
 

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:15am]

    

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