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From Left Field: Dodgers organist pays tribute to Linkin Park singer

From Left Field: Dodgers organist pays tribute to Linkin Park singer

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SALT LAKE CITY — Three more stories from the world of sports in today’s From Left Field

1. Organ tribute to Chester Bennington at the ballpark

Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington’s death led to an outpouring of mourning in the music world Thursday, with millions paying tribute to one of the more powerful voices of rock in the 21st century.

Linkin Park had its place in baseball where it's not uncommon to hear a batter walk up to the plate with one of the band’s songs blaring from the speakers.

One of the better tributes to Bennington Thursday belongs to Los Angeles Dodgers organist Dieter Ruehle, who led his pre-game routine by playing Linkin Park’s “Numb.”

It’s a tiny gesture but was a nice tip of the cap to a great artist gone too soon.

> .[@DieterRuehle]( honoring [@linkinpark]('s Chester Bennington. []( > > — Sue Jo (@suejo825) [July 21, 2017](

2. Fan misses two opportunities for a foul ball

Fans sitting down the foul line at a baseball game always have to be aware of foul balls coming their way. This was the case for one man attending a Boston Red Sox game Thursday, who had not one, but two shots at grabbing a souvenir — and he missed both chances.

Cameras caught the man visually upset over the missed opportunity.

> If you missed two foul balls, you’d react the same way. []( > > — Cut4 (@Cut4) [July 20, 2017](

He may have given away his shot but at least the fan had a sense of humor about it. He told NESN Sports in an in-game interview he felt bad because as a former player himself, he should have caught the balls.

“The first one was a little quicker than I remember in high school,” he explained in the interview. “The second one I really don’t have an excuse for.”

*Note: This writer will never forgive himself for dropping a home run ball at a Rockies game a few years back and welcomes this fan to the missed opportunity club.

3. Sergio injures shoulder attacking bushes

As everybody probably knows, golfing can get frustrating. Even some of the world’s best golfers get upset over miscues. Enter 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia, who tweaked his shoulder during the opening round of the British Open because, well, he attacked some bushes near where his golf ball landed.

Moral of the story: Mother Nature always wins. Garcia ended up shooting a 3-over par 73 Thursday and was 2-over par for the major event after Friday’s round.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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