On December 1, 2015, MLB Columnist Tim Brown wrote a piece about Dave Roberts and his father Waymon. To say Waymon was a great man would be like saying that Dave Roberts is a good manager. The description does not go far enough. To know about Waymon, all you have to do is look at the son he raised to know that yesterday when he died, the planet is pooreer for it. Dave Roberts is a great manager and a tribute to his father. To me, the fact that he is the Dodgers first minority manager means little to me. I don’t see him of African-American-Japanese descent. I see him as a great man and a great manager and I don’t congratulate the Dodgers on hiring the first minority manager – I congratulate them on hiring the best man for the job! He’s going to be here a long time…. maybe longer than Alston and Lasorda!
I think the Dodgers should wear a commemorative patch on their uniforms this year, in honor of the man who raised their manager to be one of the best in the game! Waymon Roberts, Rest in Peace and when we win the World Series in 2017, your son can say “This was for you, Dad.”
Read Tim Brown’s article – it tells you about Waymon and what made Dave the man that he is. There is also a good write-up in Dodger Insider by Rowan Kavner. Call your Dads or Hug them today, if they are still around. Mine has been gone for 20 years and I still miss him.
That’s all I’ve got… Godspeed to the Roberts family!
Photo from Dodger Insider.