Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 11/29/11
Greg Halman was given a sendoff in his native country of The Netherlands today befitting of a baseball player who had become a pioneer for Europeans in the game. Thousands attended a funeral mass and burial in the small town of Dreihuis, just outside of Halman's hometown of Haarlem. The Mariners were represented at the funeral by players Dan Cortes, Mike Carp, Adam Moore and Matt Mangini, all of whom teamed with Halman in Class AAA and later in the majors. The five stood on stage in a packed chapel, with thousands more outside, and Cortes told the story we mentioned on this blog last week about how he first met Halman, who had been mocking a tattoo of his in Spanish -- not realizing Cortes was of hispanic heritage. The two later became close friends and roommates. Mariners international scouting guru Bob Engle was at the funeral as well, along with scout Wayne Norton, who signed Halman. Mariners Dutch scout Peter Van Dalen, who put Norton on to Halman when the latter was just a tee...
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