Yasiel Puig signs baseball in memory of fan killed in Vegas massacre
Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers are staring down elimination in the World Series in Tuesday night’s Game 6. But the superstar Dodgers slugger nevertheless took a moment to pay his respects in tribute to a lifelong fan who perished in the Las Vegas massacre earlier this month.
TMZ Sports reports that Puig learned that Laura Shipp — a 50-year-old single mother who was among the 58 killed in the mass shooting on Oct. 1 during the Route 91 Harvest festival — was a huge Dodgers fan. So, Puig autographed a baseball for Shipp’s son, Corey, a marine reservist. Puig signed his name and added the message, “To Laura, RIP.”
Puig’s touching gesture wasn’t the only way the Dodgers organization reached out to Shipp’s grieving family. Upon learning of Shipp’s death, the Dodgers sent along signed pictures and other memorabilia, including a baseball autographed by Clayton Kershaw, her favorite pitcher.
“It is our hope that Dodger baseball can provide some level of comfort during this difficult time,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wrote in a letter, via the Las Vegas Review Journal. “The entire Dodgers family is deeply saddened to lose such a dedicated Dodger fan. Her loss leaves a void that cannot be filled.”
Around 300 family & friends—most dressed in @Dodgers blue—gathered to remember #LasVegasShooting victim Laura Shipp→https://t.co/xBPNE1zslt pic.twitter.com/eASewN8O9X
— Las Vegas RJ (@reviewjournal) October 30, 2017
A longtime friend, Joanne Thorsen Bodenhamer, also created Dodgers-inspired shirts featuring an image of Shipp. The back of the shirt bore one of Shipp’s patented catchphrases, “Woo! Hoo! Dodgers win!”
This fundraiser honors Laura Shipp ('85), who tragically passed away in #LasVegas, & supports the Shipp family.https://t.co/y3XgU4Vn7E pic.twitter.com/cgT3e1kuAS
— TOHS Alumni (@TOHSAlumni) October 11, 2017
Bodenhamer said 180 shirts were sold as part of the fundraising effort, with all the proceeds going to Shipp’s son.
The Dodgers, down 3-2 to the Houston Astros, on Tuesday will look to force a Game 7, scheduled for Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, if necessary.