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Phillies news & links — Thank you, Darren Daulton

This morning we’re doing an all-Dutch edition of N&L.

Darren Daulton

Rumors about Darren Daulton’s health had been swirling for nearly two weeks, but it was still a horrible shock to learn about his death last night. Dutch passed away after a long fight with brain cancer, and he was just 55.

He was part of that incredible, legendary 1993 team, the best catcher in Phillies history, and a tremendous leader and personality. Instead of taking a look around the Phillies like I do in the typical news & links post, this morning we’re focusing entirely on Dutch.

I know the perfect place to start.

Yup, I’m crying already. And it’s okay to cry when one of your favorite players dies. That 1993 team came around at the perfect time for so many fans, and who else could catch our attention but Dutch, with that glorious hair, and, well...

I mean, I didn’t want to say it, but it’s true.

The Philadelphia media weighed in, and they had meaningful things to say.

Members of the Phillies organization, including teammates and whippersnappers, remembered him fondly.

(I love that Kruk calls Daulton “Bubba.”)

(Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, etc etc.)

Philadelphia has some truly great writers. And they’ve lent their words to Darren Daulton.

If you’re not crying already, here are a few videos to push you over the edge. CSN Philly put a video together about Dutch’s life.

Here’s his double from Game 2 of the 1993 NLCS. Please note A) the awesome bat speed and B) the “Whoomp! (There it is)” cheer that broke out.

And I had to include this:

If you’re not crying 10 seconds into that video when you hear Harry Kalas’ unmistakable voice...

And to close it out, some fan reactions.

Thanks for everything, Dutch. Rest in peace.