Friday, January 14, 2011
Unpossible Autograph Friday- Francisco de la Rosa
After 14 former Orioles passed away in 2010, I was optimistic that 2011 might be a better year for the O's family. That doesn't seem to be the case as Francisco de la Rosa became the second Orioles alumni to die within the first 12 days of the new year (Ryne Duren passed away on the sixth). I hate to say it, but at this pace, another 58 Orioles could die this year. Not good.
I obtained this autograph in a trade with a reader names Jamie back in August. It's not the prettiest signature, but Francisco is wearing the Suns' orange uniform, so that's a plus. His autograph is tough to come by since his MLB career lasted all of two games. If you clicked his name up above, you might have read that he passed away in Baltimore, which frustrates me since he had lived locally for some time and there's an Orioles Stadium Club card that I would have really liked to get signed. I guess it goes to show that former players can "disappear" sometimes.
Francisco died way too young at only 44 years old. I couldn't find a cause of death, but whatever it was, it was unfortunate that his time was up. RIP Francisco.