Unformatted text preview: Robert Marcel Fontaine had an untamed love for baseball. Once, after a game was shortened to seven innings because of rain, the former San Diego Padres General Manager said famously, "Baseball for seven innings only is like dinner without cognac at the end. It is like kissing the woman you love goodnight by blowing it from your fingers." On March 25, Fontaine gave his last kiss goodnight to the game he loved so dearly. He passed away Friday at the age of 70, in Poway, Calif. The probable cause of death is listed as pneumonia. Born the only child of Gaston and Lizzie Fontaine, the San Jose native was a standout ballplayer for Bellarmine College Preparatory and San Jose High School. During a career spanning over 50 years, Fontaine forged a reputation for having a keen and well-trained eye, capable of spotting young talent from miles away. He spent the last 12 years of his career as vice president of baseball administration for the San Francisco Giants, where was directly responsible for...
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- Summer '08
- Major League Baseball, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Robert Marcel Fontaine