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I was sad when I heard about this yesterday. The Angels have been dealing with a tough season last year with Adenhart and a tough offseason, which now will get tougher. Those 4 little words "Just another Angels victory" will never be said the same. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family and the entire Angels club house.
Somehow, I didn't see this thread yesterday. I didn't get the news of Rory's passing, until about 8pm last night.
I wouldn't say that he and I were close friends, but I did know him somewhere beyond "acquaintance" level.
He worked in the CBS building in Hollywood as both a sports anchor for Channel 2, and sometimes weekend sports guy on KNX 1070. I originally got hired at KNX to take weekend shifts that he couldn't cover any more when he got the Angels job, on KLAC at the time.
He helped me learn the ropes of the sometimes daunting KNX newsroom.
And I got to know him even better, when I'd go down to the Big A to "cover" games from time to time after that.
Sometimes he and radio partner Terry Smith and I would chat down on the field during batting practice. And we'd sometimes eat together before the game in the press box dining room. After one such occasion, I took their picture...Rory's on the left.
About 11 am...30 minutes before the pregame shows, 90 minutes before the first pitch...Rory, looking relaxed as prep goes on in the broadcast booth.
Here's the view of the field from the Angels broadcast booth, while I am at it...
In any case, the news of Rory's death has hit a lot of people really hard. Most of the people I worked with at KNX were on my Facebook page last night, talking about him.
From everyone...kind, giving, professional, hard-working, loved his job...those kinds of things.
Of course, Rory was doing USC basketball again this season as well.
I called the Angels PR department today to convey condolences, and they told me that plans regarding a public memorial are still pending. They'd like to have something at the stadium...but there's no baseball diamond there now, just a lot of dirt for motocross...so, we'll see.
But this loss...really hurts. In heaven, it's "just another Halo victory" though.
Thanks, Rory Markas.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Barry, thanks for sharing that about Rory, and posting the pictures. I can't say I knew Rory, I saw him a few times in passing during the 4 years or so I worked at Fox 11 in Los Angeles and we exchanged hellos. I not an Angels fan, so I didn't follow the games, but watching him on air, he seemed like a really nice guy.