Victoria mourns the passing of ex-pro Roy Moretti as he heads into baseball’s cornfield
Story by Brad Franklyn
The Victoria Mavericks Baseball Association and its members would like to send out their thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Roy Moretti.
Roy was a very well-respected man and baseball player in our league and in the Greater Victoria baseball community. He always played hard and gave everyone he met the time of day. He was one of the good guys that ‘everyone’ liked to hang around with, joke with and wanted to have on their team. In his post-playing years,
Roy was always willing to lend a hand or offer his baseball and pitching knowledge to players in the Mavericks Baseball League and to kids and parents around the ball diamonds at Lambrick Park.
Roy played pro ball for about 10 years in North America and in Japan starting with the Victoria Mussels in 1978. During his pro playing days on the bump, Roy also crossed paths and played against John Elway (before Elway moved full-time to the NFL with the Denver Broncos). Roy threw some serious ‘ched’. Aside from his fastball, his arsenal was complimented with pitch control and command, an ability to read batters’ weaknesses and a devastating slider that could buckle batters at their knees.
Aside from possessing pure skill and talent, one of the things that Roy did in regards to fitness as a player (and later taught to young, aspiring pitchers as a mentor and coach) was to lift and carry 5-gallon pails of water (one in each hand) for various distances (he discovered this strength-training technique while lifting and emptying garbage cans during an off-season working for the City of Victoria). He found that this type of exercise strengthened and conditioned his arms and shoulders as well as his back, core and leg muscles.
Roy was also a major figure in a book (“Good Enough To Dream”) written by the famous baseball writer Roger Kahn (who also owned the Utica Blue Sox.. one of the minor league teams that Roy played for in the early 80′s). The book was on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Roy turned 59 in the late Fall (November 26th) and lost his battle with cancer yesterday (Tuesday, January 27th). Thanks for the good times, memories and all your help Roy.. you will be dearly missed.