At Isotopes Park on Saturday, Pete Domenici was remembered not only as a U.S. senator who worked across the aisle and a devoted family man, but also as a baseball player and fan.
About 200 people who attended Domenici’s public memorial service in Albuquerque got ballpark treats – peanuts, Baby Ruth candy bars and Cracker Jack – and Domenici baseball cards. A huge image of Domenici, who died Wednesday at age 85, throwing a baseball was projected on the Isotopes’ scoreboard. The memorial was divided into nine innings and the crowd sang “Take Me Out to The Ball Game” to the stadium organ.
“Dad was a pitcher for the Dukes and he always loved the game – even to the end of his life, he was watching the (Washington) Nationals,” said Clare Domenici, one of Domenici’s daughters. “And we just wanted to share that aspect of his life, a hobby that he enjoyed.”
Lisa Domenici, another daughter who was wearing a Nationals jersey, said her dad was “a pretty humble guy who bought his clothes at Sears Roebuck” and that baseball was his passion.