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Friday Rockpile: Joe Kennedy, Bo Diaz, and Why I'm Hoping for a Slow Post-Thanksgiving News Day

Needless to say, agents, players and general managers were not very active on the business front yesterday.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy
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Generally, the day after Thanksgiving is completely devoid of baseball news, for obvious reasons. When it is not, we ought to be thankful, because no news on this day is usually good news. Five years ago, we did get some Rockies-related news. On this date in 2007, Joe Kennedy died, collapsing at his in-laws while walking out of a bedroom in the middle of the night, just hours after Thanksgiving dinner. Kennedy was to be the best man at a wedding that weekend. He had been living with serious undetected heart disease.

Kennedy is very noteworthy in Rockies' history. He was acquired in a three-team trade with the Blue Jays and Devil Rays where the Rockies gave up reliever Justin Speier in 2003. The following season, he had a 3.66 ERA in 27 starts for Colorado, easily clearing the bar to become the first Rockie with a 4.00 ERA or lower in 20+ starts. He struggled mightily the following year and was traded for Eric Byrnes and Omar Quintanilla midseason, but his mark stood as the Rockies' ERA franchise leader until Ubaldo Jimenez and Jhoulys Chacin each bested it twice.

November 23, 1990 was also the day after Thanksgiving. That day is noteworthy in baseball history from catcher Bo Diaz' freak death in Venezuela. I found no record of such an event on Friday, November 23, 2001, so at least there isn't some unpublicized voodoo trend afoot. Hopefully, there will be no such news today.


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