RIVERSIDE >> For those close to former Redlands East Valley and Riverside City College pitcher Tommy Hanson, the memorial held in his honor Saturday was a chance for closure.
More than two months after his passing at age 29, over 200 people gathered around home plate of RCC’s baseball field to pay tribute and share memories about the former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim player.
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July 15, 2015
A lot of this is new to me.
As I told one of my friends earlier today, it is tough as you get older, at least for me, because you begin to realize that the people you meet, know and interact with can be gone at any moment.
This afternoon I was informed about the passing of former Redlands Daily Facts and Los Angeles News Group sports writer Ed Castro.
Ed Castro interviewing a softball athlete. (Photo courtesy of @Softball4Life43)
It was quite shocking to hear.
I had the chance to cover a few games last season with Ed during the Redlands East Valley football season, which concluded with a CIF State Championship victory.
Since the day I met him at the REV vs. Redlands High football game, he was nice to me and was a supporter of everything that I did.
His support showed even after he was no longer with the company and he took it upon himself to reach out to me.
He wished me luck after he saw I had been doing the sports coverage in the city of Redlands for the Facts during this summer.
That brief but meaningful conversation will stay with me for quite sometime.
I will see you out on the field again my friend. Rest in peace.
>> Below is a short video shot by Ed, who went head-to-head with an Arrowhead Christian Academy football player running out of the tunnel prior to a game.
Thank you once again my friend for the good laugh and the kind words.