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Submitted by Gary Zelman, Los Angeles MSBL Valley Mets
Today, my friend and teammate Tom Ahern was laid to rest. He
was 91. He didn't play for us on the field, his son Jeff does. But through the
past 18 seasons we Valley Mets have developed an incredible bond with one
another. Tom was the center of it all. He kept our scorebook and meticulously
entered the stats for every game until his hand wouldn't allow him to write
anymore. But that didn't stop Tom. He came perfectly suited up in his Uni to
every game we played for 18 seasons. His presence in our dugout was a true
inspiration for all of us players.
Earlier this year, I had posted that this
would have been my final season playing Hardball. Well after today, and by
absolute DEMAND I announce the Valley Mets WILL BE BACK NEXT SEASON. To win one
more L.A. Championship for Tom! We're going to put together a very solid squad.
40+ Mets came to today's service out of the 200+ people that came to pay honor
to this beloved man.
He received a Full Military burial. Saluting Marines, folded American Flag, Taps by a Bugler, the whole ShaBang. It was incredible and I couldn't be more proud to be part of the genuine camaraderie that we all
feel for one another within this baseball team. R.I.P. Pops! As my best pal Joe
Barrett eulogized earlier, "May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be
always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. And until we meet
again, may the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand!" Tom was laid to rest in his home white Mets Uniform........ He indeed...went home.