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Jose Uribe, 1959-2006
2006-12-08 10:01
by Bob Timmermann

Former Giant and Cardinal and Astro shortstop Jose Uribe passed away in the Dominican Republic at age 47 as the result of an automobile accident.

Uribe played his first year in the majors, 1984, under the name Jose Gonzalez, but then opted to go by his other surname, Uribe, causing some people to call him "The Player to be Named Later."

The fans at Candlestick Park enjoyed chanting "Oooo! Ree-bay!" As did a Giants fan visiting Dodger Stadium in 1988 who sat behind me the whole game.

Also, in 1988, Uribe's wife, Sara, died of heart failure after giving birth to the couple's third child.

2006-12-08 10:12:43
1.   Daniel Zappala
You mention nothing about him chanting the entire game, but I can't picture you taking drastic action to quiet him down.
2006-12-08 10:17:55
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Giants lost the game and were losing the whole time, so I didn't care. And I made a slight correction to the year.
2006-12-08 11:02:42
3.   Ken Arneson
Sad. I always liked Uribe, and I liked how Giants fans took to chanting the name of a player who really wasn't very good with the bat. (Although I could see how this could get annoying if it was just one guy doing it all game long.)

I remember the first year the San Jose Sharks had Arturs Irbe in goal. It was shortly after Uribe had left the Giants. The crowd chanted "Oo-Irbe!"

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