Jose Lima and Lima Time at Dodger Stadium

Jose Lima gave the Dodgers the first play-off victory in 16 years! 16 Years! Imagine that!

It was 2004 when Jose Lima went to Vero Beach as a Spring Training invitee and he gave us that incredible playoff performance against the Cardinals in 2004.

 Jose Lima was a joy to watch and we Dodger fans love that he always had time to sign autographs for us and pose for pictures. If you were at the stadium, you could easily get his autograph and take your picture with him.

I will never forget that game nor your singing and dancing performance at the VIVA LOS DODGERS festival and you singing the National Anthem.

This picture is from May 15, 2004. There I am with my hand-made scorebook. Jose Lima would sit there and pose for pictures and sign autographs on days that he was not pitching

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We will never forget you Jose Lima!

Vin Scully made a comment that “Young and Old, we all will get our time and it was Lima’s time”

I wore my 2004 playoff hat to Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium. I was at that game for our first playoff win in 16 games. I remember I wrote “LIMA TIME” in my rally towel and when I exited I got interviewed by KCAL Channel 9 and also the Spanish station Channel 34.

The following day, Lima was again signing autographs and I regretted that I did not take a copy of the Sport Section with me from the LA Times. There was a beautiful picture of him there that I still have somewhere in my house.

Jose Lima was at Dodger Stadium Friday night. He was shown on the Dodger Vision and we gave him a big round of applause and a standing ovation.

He had recently joined the Dodger community crew and had just opened a baseball academy in Pasadena. I ran into Ben Platts of MLB.COm and he told me that he was supposed to go to the academy and interview Lima.

What a great addition he would have made the the Dodger Community group!

Rest peace Jose Lima. Our thoughts and prayers to you, your family and friends.

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16 comments

  1. crzblue2

    Ron,
    I am glad I was able to find it. Jose would sit there even on hot days. He would just have a bottle of water there and continue signing autographs and talking with the fans.
    .
    RFB,
    that is why we have to enjoy life while we have it.

  2. crzblue2

    Thanks Jeff and Matt.
    Hall of famer Dodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin said this during his broadcasting : “Hay que sacarle jugo a la vida y no dejar que la vida te saque el jugo” which means “You have to squeeze the juice out of life and not let life squeeze the juice out of you.”

  3. crzblue2

    Thanks Peter,
    The stadium has changed a lot since then. There are extra dugout seats now and the colors of the stadium are back to what they used to be when Dodger Stadium first opened.

  4. crzblue2

    Jen,
    I was looking forward to him working with the Dodgers Alumni. He would have been so good working with kids.

    Mike,
    Is not a scrapbook, is a binder for my scoresheets that I was using at that time. Now I just buy it at Big 5 Sporting Goods.

  5. angelsgirl012

    that’s a great photo thank you for sharing!

    He was so good to the fans and was such an eccentric character. I love how he was just so happy and light hearted all the time.

    may he rest in peace

    http://mimi.mlblogs.com

  6. theheirloom

    Emma, thank you for reminding us how ballplayers can be accessible to us and provide us with the deepest memories of the game. Lima was one of those guys. As crazy and extroverted as he was, Lima’s zest for life will be remembered above all.

    That photo of the both of you showed his zest perfectly.

    En paz

    http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

  7. crzblue2

    Mimi and Randy,
    He always had a smile for us when talking to him and always had time to pose for picures. If it was hot, he just grabbed a bottle of water and a towel and put it over his head.

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