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Rays host touching Don Zimmer tribute, complete with special Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms

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Photo Credit: George Pappas / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent

Baseball lost one of its best when Don Zimmer passed away this Wednesday at the age of 83. He was a true baseball lifer, playing, coaching and managing for over 60 years, passing along his knowledge, insight and humor to nearly 7 percent of all people to ever play Major League Baseball

On Saturday, with the Zimmer family in attendance, the Rays held a pre-game tribute with both Tampa Bay and Seattle players wearing Zimmer's No. 23 Brooklyn Dodgers uniform: 

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At the beginning of the ceremony, everyone was asked to loosen their ties in a nod to Zimmer's famous hatred of formal neckwear. This included Joe Torre who said "Popeye" was hired as a coach, but became a "family member." 

Tommy Lasorda was also on hand to talk about his friendship with Zimmer, including his ill-fated decision to try and sneak a fastball past him:

There will never be another like him. Rest in peace, Zim. 


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