Domenici remembered at baseball-themed memorial
September 16, 2017 10:45 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – One of the many things New Mexico’s longest-serving senator was known for was his love for baseball, even having pitched for the Lobos.
So it only made sense that Pete Domenici’s memorial on Saturday, held at Isotopes Park, was tinged with the sport’s influence as family and friends remembered his service and his legacy.
It started out with a singing of the National Anthem at the park, in front of fans who attended the memorial service like they would a game – in the appropriate attire and eating Cracker Jack.
“He’s always loved the game,” said Clare Domenici, one of Pete Domenici’s daughters. “Even until the end of his life, he was watching the Washington Nationals, and we just want to share that aspect of his life.”
There were nine innings of speakers, including politicians – current and former – and friends who helped pay homage.
Lisa Domenici, another of his daughters, said he even adopted lessons he learned from baseball in politics.
“It was his passion and, in a way, an analogy for his life to always be the best, to be competitive, to enjoy the game (and) the teamwork,” she said.
He was remembered as a team player, on and off the field.
“He wanted the state to succeed, which means he wanted the people to succeed,” said Pete Domenici, Jr. “Small communities, big communities…so he started to put in place all kinds of very positive initiatives. And he would love the people to continue to use those and build on those.”
The Domenici family has been overwhelmed by the amount of love that has poured in since Pete Domenici’s passing, and on Saturday they remembered, with friends and colleagues on hand, his home run of a life in his home state at Isotopes Park.
Updated: September 16, 2017 10:45 PM
Created: September 16, 2017 08:50 PM
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