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Video tribute honors Caminiti10/16/2004 3:51 PM ET
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- The Astros remembered the late Ken Caminiti before Saturday's National League Championship Series Game 3 at Minute Maid Park with a video tribute and a moment of silence. As the video rolled on the center-field board high atop the ballpark, Craig Biggio, Caminiti's close friend and former teammate, stood alone in right field and watched the montage of clips and still photographs that honored Caminiti's baseball career and life. Caminiti died last Sunday in New York City from a heart attack, according to his agent, Rick Licht. Caminiti was 41. Caminiti came up with the Astros and played for them from 1987-94 and again in 1999 and 2000. His best years were for the Padres, for whom he won the NL's Most Valuable Player award in 1996. He also played for Texas and Atlanta, finishing his 15-year career with the Braves in 2001.
The video was also a centerpiece of Friday's memorial service at the local Second Baptist Church. Using the Garth Brooks song, "The Dance," as it's backdrop, the video gave homage to the final years of Caminiti's life, when he battled with drug and alcohol addiction."Glad I didn't know the way it all would end, the way it all would go," Brooks sang as pictures of Caminiti with his wife, Nancy, and three daughters were wrapped around action video clips from different eras of his career. "I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss ... the dance."
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