DETROIT — The umpiring crew for Game 3 of the AL championship series Tuesday lined up in missing-man formation during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died of an apparent heart attack.
Jake Peavy, who will pitch Game 4 for Boston, began his news conference by offering condolences to Bell’s family. He called Bell a “tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person as well.”
The moment of silence was held before the national anthem at Comerica Park. Five umpires lined up next to each other, with a gap between them and the sixth member of the crew.
Bell, a veteran of 21 big league seasons, died Monday.
Motown icons the Four Tops performed the national anthem before their hometown Detroit Tigers faced the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League championship series.
A huge U.S. flag covered much of the outfield Tuesday as they sang at Comerica Park. The Four Tops were key members of the Motown Records family of artists in the 1960s, and their hits include “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” and “Baby I Need Your Loving.”
Former Tigers catcher Lance Parrish, who helped the franchise win its last World Series in 1984, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.