Rays say goodbye to Don Zimmer in emotional ceremony
The Rays said goodbye to Don Zimmer with an emotional ceremony before Saturday's game at Tropicana Field.
A video tribute, featuring old clips and photos and words of praise from current and former Rays (James Shields) and Yankees star Derek Jeter, was the centerpiece. The Rays and Mariners were both dressed in the Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms Zimmer first wore. The Rays unveiled the ZIM patch they will wear on their jerseys the rest of this season. There was a bagpipe rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Zimmer's family watched from the field; his wife, Soot, seated in his chair from the Rays clubhouse with his name and number on the back. Granddaughter Whitney Goldstein threw out the first pitch to son Tom Zimmer.
"This has been something else,'' Soot said afterward. "I know he's up there looking down. He said I started on the ballfield and we were married on the ballfield. And he ended up being celebrated his life on the ballfield. I can't think of a better way to go.''