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Saturday, August 29, 2015
2015 National Free VIP Signer - Manny Sanguillen
What sticks out most to me about Sanguillen, though, is a story that I read about the memorial service for his former teammate, Roberto Clemente. When Clemente passed away, the Pirates held a memorial service for him that was attended by all of his teammates, with the exception of one, Sanguillen. The reason he wasn't at the memorial was because he was busy diving off the coast of Puerto Rico in shark infested waters, looking for Clemente's body. That's true friendship, right there.
According to Sanguillen's SABR page, it says that Sanguillen was actually supposed to accompany Clemente on his ill-fated flight, but had misplaced his car keys and missed the flight.
Sanguillen was really quiet during the signing at The National, but he was friendly when I spoke to him. I thanked him for the autograph and moved along, since his line was so long.